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Submarine base to fire weapons during upcoming drills

The sound of gunshots may ripple through the region later this month as drills are conducted at the Naval Submarine Base New London.

From Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, the Naval Security Force at the submarine base will participate in a scheduled exercise called “Citadel Shield,” during which personnel will run a variety of drills and trainings along the base’s waterfront, including firing blanks from automatic weapons.

The scheduled drills also will involve homeported submarines, boats, role players and simulated aggressor boats.

These exercises aim to continue the submarine base’s “efforts to enhance the readiness of base Naval Security Forces to respond to threats to the base and its homeported submarines,” according to a news release from the base’s Assistant Public Affairs Officer Mark Jones.

The drills involve extensive planning with Harbor Security Units, Navy Security Forces, local law enforcement and base personnel, the statement said.

Live-fire training and drills with blanks being fired will be held between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., according to a statement from submarine base training officer Dave Cruz. “If our neighbors or base personnel hear gunfire or something of concern at any other time, then they should report it immediately for the proper authorities to investigate,” he said.

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