Military exercise in CNMI slated for June
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
The Commonwealth Bureau of Military Affairs announced the upcoming Joint Forces Field Training Exercise 2022, which will be held from June 5 to 13 on Saipan and Tinian.
Joint Forces participants include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines Corps., and the U.S. Air Force with 300 personnel expected to be on Tinian and 120 personnel on Saipan.
The USAF will conduct airlift and refueling operations at the Saipan international airport while the U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Group will conduct maritime base training on watercraft vessels and dive operations in the Saipan port and surrounding waters.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center or NSWC Detachment will be conducting land-based command and control activities with Tactical Military Vehicles, which include four oversize semi-trucks with simulated 55’ Green High Vehicle Target or HVT onboard a flatbed system platform.
In coordination with the Department of Public Safety, convoy operations will commence from June 5 to 13, 2022, with DPS escort support while the HVTs are traveling on public roads. The HVTs are not live missiles but are replica models made of tin sheets. This exercise activity is limited to communication testing operations.
Members of the public are advised not to be alarmed. The HVTs are only simulations acting as opposing forces. This piece of the training activities is intended to refine defense communication capabilities.
Static displays of the HVTs will be on June 4, to provide an opportunity for members of the public to learn about HVT capabilities and the NSWC’s naval technologies in support of naval surface fleet with integration, testing, evaluation, and life-cycle engineering support.
The joint forces training exercises on Tinian will involve maritime operations at Tinian Harbor, logistical hub staging activities at the San Jose Port, refueling supply point operation at the Tinian West Field while cargo airdrop delivery systems will occur on North Tinian Drop Zone.
"The CNMI community has been extremely gracious in hosting military field
training exercises for many years," said Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Cornielle, director of
Mariana Islands Range Complex. "We continue to work toward mutual cooperation with the communities where we live and train in support
of homeland defense."
Officials said the planned military activities should not conflict with the Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games scheduled for mid-June. (CBMA/JRM)