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DRILL REPORT: Kings Bay, Georgia hots nuclear drill 11/6-11/10/10 November 9, 2010

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DRILL REPORT: Kings Bay, Georgia hots nuclear drill 11/6-11/10/10

Where: Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Georgia
When: November 6 – 10, 2010
Who: “all branches of the military, the FBI, local public safety officials and medical personnel”
Source: http://jacksonville.c…

Nuclear drill puts national focus on Kings Bay
The exercise will last until Wednesday and will likely impact traffic near the base.
November 5, 2010 – 11:00pm
By Gordon Jackson

ST. MARYS – As many as 1,800 military and civilian personnel from across the nation will participate in a simulated nuclear weapon incident at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base beginning today.

While the majority of activity will be on base, residents living near Kings Bay will be affected by the drill. They can expect to see emergency vehicles, especially today, driving to a local hospital. Residents may also see smoke and hear loud noises coming from the base.

Capt. John O’Neill, commanding officer at Kings Bay, described the drill as a national-level exercise involving all branches of the military, the FBI, local public safety officials and medical personnel.

“We’ll look at the initial response and coordination of all the agencies,” O’Neill said.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is sponsoring the multi-agency response exercise, Navy officials said.

O’Neill said he cannot reveal specifics of the drill, other than to say there will be some mock injuries that will test local emergency officials.

“For security reasons, we can’t give details,” he said. “Specifics, we don’t discuss.”

Brian Lamkin, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Atlanta, said the exercise gives his agency a way to prepare for different national security scenarios.

“We have national assets we want to exercise in this process,” he said.

While many base personnel are participating in the drill, those who are late to their jobs on base because of traffic backups at security check points will not be penalized, O’Neill said.

“We anticipate there will be some impact to traffic,” he said.

The Stimson, Franklin and St. Marys gates will be closed today and 100 percent vehicle inspection will follow when gates reopen. The last day of the drill is Wednesday.

Those trying to conduct business on base may also be affected. The Navy Exchange, commissary and base gym are closed today.

Housing residents, school buses, Navy Lodge guests and employees, Child Development patrons and people with medical or other appointments will enter and exit through the Jackson Gate, on Georgia Spur 40 near Crooked River Elementary School.

Navy officials said the exercise does not involve nuclear weapons or radioactive materials, nor does it reflect an increased likelihood that a real accident might occur.

gordon.jackson@jacksonville.com, (912) 729-3672



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