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U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Navy Installations Command Conduct Hurricane Response Exercise

by U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs and Commander, Naval Installations Command Public Affairs
19 April 2022 U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) kicked off Hurricane Exercise/Citadel Gale (HURREX/CG-22) 2022, an annual two-week hurricane preparedness, disaster response and recovery exercise, April 18.
 
The first week of HURREX/CG 22 simulates storm systems developing along the U.S. Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, which will engage fleet and shore commands to rehearse heavy weather response procedures. The storms’ notional increasing intensity will drive simulated ship sorties, aircraft evacuation, personnel accountability procedures, and ensure that Navy personnel are operationally prepared for the upcoming hurricane season.
 
“Ensuring the safety and readiness of our Sailors, their families and our fleet units is always a priority, and preparation is the key,” said Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. “Just like preparing for deployment and warfighting missions, we must be equally prepared to respond to a natural disaster. This exercise ensures we are ready for the upcoming hurricane season.”
 
In the second week of the exercise, commands shift focus from protecting the fleet and our families to reviewing the Navy’s actions for recovery from major weather events, which includes lifting evacuation orders, reopening installations, conducting damage assessments, and how to support to a federal response, if called upon to do so.
 
HURREX/CG 22 is an essential part of maintaining and improving installation support and recovery efforts before, during and after major weather events. COVID-19 precautions have been implemented as appropriate. The health and safety of our people remain our top priority throughout the exercise.

For more information about HURREX/CG 22, contact USFFC Public Affairs at USFFC_NFLT_USFFCPAO@navy.mil or CNIC Public Affairs at CNIC_HQ_PAO@navy.mil.
 
For information about how HURREX/CG 22 may impact your community, please visit your local Navy installation’s website or social media channels for additional details.
 
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