Navy suspends training exercise in Tanguisson

The Joint Region Marianas has suspended the Realistic Urban Training Exercise (RUTEX) at Tanguisson Power Plant following the discovery of native endangered species during a pre-survey of the area planned for the scheduled exercise.

JRM said the training will continue as planned, however specific training originally planned for the Tanguisson area will be relocated.

“With the exercise scheduled to start in that area in the next few days there was not sufficient time to ensure our activities would not disturb the local endangered species,” said Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, JRM commander.

It was not clear what species were found in the site of the suspended training.

“While the training is very important, it was determined that if time did not allow for proper mitigation that relocating the training was the best option.”

The military drill, which began on Jan. 8 will run until Jan. 20.