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Navy brings boats and booms to Esquimalt Harbour for spill drill

Community may hear increased, short intermittent alarms during exercise

When official looking boats appear in the Esquimalt Harbour on Wednesday, don’t worry folks it’s just a drill.

The Department of National Defence (DND) plans to conduct a simulated fuel spill exercise on July 10 from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at navy's Colwood Fuelling Facility and Esquimalt Harbour.

The community may hear increased and short intermittent alarms, DND said in a news release.

This full-scale exercise will be led by CFB Esquimalt’s Port Operations and Emergency Services Branch and include spill response boats, protection booms and fuel skimmers.

Spill exercises such as this are part of the base’s ongoing role and commitment to being a responsible and dedicated steward of the marine environment.

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