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March 11, 2010

Posted by allthingshavelock in MCAS Cherry Point.

Military training under way


Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010 11:23 AM EST


Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point range operations will be providing support for a U.S. Special Operations Command military training exercise through April 3.

In addition to normal unit level training events taking place throughout the Cherry Point Range and Airspace Complex, special training events will also occur.

Two special boat teams out of Norfolk and Little Creek, Va., will be operating out of Cherry Point and Morehead City, transiting to and from and operating within the prohibited surface areas of Piney Island (BT-11) and Brandt Shoal (BT-9) bombing and gunnery ranges.

They will be operating out of Morehead City now through Friday and out of Cherry Point from March 15 through April 3. They will be conducting live fire operations on each of those days, to include night operations until 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. on some nights.

They will be conducting waterborne raids from Cherry Point into Bogue Field the nights of March 29-31. Expect to hear blank fire and see muzzle flashes and possible flares in and around Bogue Field during this training.

This training is a routine predeployment certification and has been coordinated with local authorities and owners of the training sites, according to the military.

Established safety precautions have been taken to prevent unnecessary risk to the general public and the military personnel involved.

The purpose of the exercise is to train in maritime environments that simulate as closely as possible the conditions in which Naval Special Warfare units conduct real-world operations.  For safety and security concerns, details of the exercises, their locations or specific information about the units and their personnel in the exercises is not releasable.

Questions can be directed to Cherry Point Public Affairs Office at 252-466-3244.


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