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Military to conduct training in open ocean, other areas

(CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point) — The U.S. Navy will conduct training from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 24, and from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., May 26, at the island of Farallon de Medinilla.

The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla will be within a 12-nautical mile radius of the island. Farallon de Medinilla, located in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, supports aircrew combat readiness training.

The U.S. Navy will also conduct open-ocean exercises from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 23 within a 10-mile radius of the following coordinates: 13˚27''N/144˚21''E.

Additional open-ocean exercises will take place from 12:01 to 8 a.m. and 4-10 p.m. on May 25 and from 2 to 8 a.m. on May 26 within a 10-mile radius of the following coordinates: 13˚48''N/144˚41''E.

Units participating in Exercise Pacific Vanguard will conduct training daily from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., May 23-28, at Warning Area 517 (W-517).

W-517 is activated south of latitude 12° 40’ 00"N. Santa Rosa Reef and Galvez Banks will be open for public use. W -517 begins south of Guam and extends south-southwest in international waters. W-517 supports surface and aerial gunnery, missiles, and laser exercises. W-517 is contained within the following coordinates: 13° 10"N/144° 30"E, 13° 10"N/144° 42"E, 12° 50"N/144° 45"E, 11° 00"N/144° 45"E, 11° 00"N/143° 00"E, 11° 45"N/143° 00"E, 12° 50"N/144° 30"E.

Due to the danger imposed by these activities, acting Gov. Arnold I. Palacios is strongly advising the general public especially fishermen, commercial pilots and marine tour operators to stay away from these areas during the time and dates indicated. It is recommended the general public, fishermen, and marine tour operators monitor the Coast Guard broadcast notice to mariners for advisories.

The cooperation and understanding of the general public are greatly appreciated. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 237-8000, VHF Marine Channel-16, and HF Single Side Band Radio on 5.205.0 or dial CNMI 211 for this advisory.