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From yesterday's LOOKOUT Newspaper --- Security exercise after Labour Day
Whatever you do, make sure you have your DND identification at the ready after Labour Day weekend.
For three days, starting Sept. 6, a base-wide security exercise called Quick Response will take place.
“While security measures will be enhanced at CFB Esquimalt entrances during the exercise, these measures will be relaxed to expedite entry from 5:45 to 8 a.m. each day in order to minimize impact on local civilian vehicle traffic; it should be noted that concrete barriers may be in place at gates to help control traffic,” says Cdr Paul MacNeill, exercise coordinator.
Dockyard and Naden can expect these same security measures, and Colwood, Rocky Point and 443 MH Squadron will have similar restrictions.
The exercise will practise the formation’s security and emergency response capabilities through a scripted, fictional terrorist attack.
“It will develop from a possible, to a probable, to an actual terrorist event,” says Cdr MacNeill. “It will assist the leadership at all levels and base security forces to work their way through the levels of threat response.”
When intelligence reports pinpoint CFB Esquimalt as a possible terrorist target, the force protection state will elevate from white to yellow. This will mean 100 per cent ID checks and random vehicle searches.
“People will be able to use the dockyard gate, but to avoid possible delays, the Canteen Rd. gate will remain available for deliveries, construction contractors and priority traffic such as dockyard residents and distinguished visitors,” says Cdr MacNeill. BC Transit will adjust its route to avoid the congestion by stopping at Canteen Rd.
The Base Auxiliary Security Force will be called in and given a day’s training before rotating into Port Security Section patrols.
HMC Ships Winnipeg, Algonquin and Vancouver will post armed, upper-deck sentries, while various ships will turn over their rigid hulled inflatable boats and boats’ crews to Port Security to help with waterside protection.
Members from the local army militia have volunteered to act as suspicious persons on land, and HMCS Malahat and the Victoria Police will play the opposing force on the water.
“People should start to notice suspicious activities once the exercise starts and report it as they normally would. Opposing force activities will start off as unobtrusive, and as time goes on will become more frequent and aggressive,” says Cdr MacNeill. He won’t specify what the terrorist plan is in order to keep the element of surprise