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Monday, April 21, 2014

Military to conduct training at FDM, WA-517

SANTA RITA, Guam—The U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps will conduct training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla from Dec. 3 to 7 from 9am to 9pm.

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct training at Warning Area 517 on Dec. 4 from 9am to 5pm.

The U.S. Navy will conduct training at Warning Area 517 on Dec. 5-7 from 9am to 4pm.

The general public especially fishermen, commercial pilots and marine tour operators are advised to stay clear from the area during the times and dates indicated.

The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla training area will be on a 10-nautical mile radius on all quadrants.

Farallon de Medinilla plays a special and unique role in national defense because its location provides access frequency that supports established training requirements. In addition, the air and sea space in the Farallon provides sufficient room for the many different attack profiles necessary to replicate training opportunities in the CNMI.

W-517 is an irregular shaped polygon comprising of 14,000 nautical square miles of airspace that begins south of Guam and extends south-southwest in international waters. W-517 supports surface and aerial gunnery, missiles, and laser exercises. This will affect fishing in the vicinity of Santa Rosa Reef and Galvez Bank.

For more information, contact the Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office at 349-4055/3209. (PR)

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