Stay Clear of Farallon and Area 517 In the Week Ahead

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Guam – Air Force and Naval personnel will be conducting target practice from 5 am to 11pm on Farallon de Medinilla starting this Wednesday, September 22 through next Monday September 27th, and again on Tuesday September 28 from noon until 6 pm.

In addition, Warning Area 517 will be the focus of target practice on September 22 from 8 am to 2 pm.

The general public especially fisherman, commercial pilots and marine tour operators are advised to stay clear from these areas during the times and date indicated.

The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla training area will be on a 10 nautical mile radius on all quadrants.

Farallon de Medinilla plays a special and unique role in national defense because its location provides access frequency 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.