Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, Warning Area 517

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Military to Conduct Training at Farallon de Medinilla, Warning Area 517

by: Commander, Joint Region Marianas | .
U.S. Navy | .
published: February 05, 2016

ASAN, Guam – The military will conduct training at the island of Farallon de Medinilla during the following dates and times:  

- Feb. 8-10 from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Feb. 11-12 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    
The military will also conduct training at Warning Area 517 during the following dates and times:  

- Feb. 9-10 from noon to 10 p.m.
- Feb. 11-12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla will be on a 12-nautical mile radius on all quadrants. Farallon de Medinilla plays a special and unique role in national defense because its location provides frequent access 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 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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. 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.

For more information, contact the Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office at (671) 349-4055/3209.

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