Exercise Typhoon Pakyo starts today

Typhoon Exercise Pakyo 2016 (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Claire Farin, Defense Media Activity - Guam)

Guam – Joint Region Marianas, U.S. Naval Base Guam, and Andersen Air Force Base will hold Exercise Typhoon Pakyo 2019 from May 29 to June 6. The annual exercise is designed to enhance readiness and preparedness of the military and local agencies for heavy weather conditions in the region.

On the exercise, Office of Civil Defense Administrator Charles Esteves said that Typhoon Pakyo provides a great opportunity to work with all stakeholders, Government of Guam, federal partners and military partners to better understand roles and responsibilities ahead of an actual catastrophic typhoon. Esteves added that the exercise will also prepare stakeholders for the GovGuam’s workshop in June.

During the training, the U.S. Naval Base Guam emergency alert system, commonly referred to as the Giant Voice, will be activated in the following areas: Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam, South Finegayan housing, Flag Circle, I Puntan at Nimitz Hill, North and South Tipalao, Camp Covington, Apra View, Navy Munitions Site, U.S. Coast Guard and Polaris Point.

Residents and those who are in the surrounding areas should not be alarmed if they see and hear increased activity associated with the exercise, according to a release from the JRM.