Naval Air Station Lemoore, originally commissioned in 1961, is one of the newest air station in the navy. The base consists of 2 parallel runways, which lie approximately 4,600 feet apart. Both runways are 13,500 feet long, making them plenty big enough to launch any type of aircraft. NAS Lemoore is also the Navy’s largest master jet air station, and is home to the Strike Fighter Wing Pacific squadron, as well as many other high-ranking naval squadrons.
North Island Naval Air Station is located on the Coronado peninsula, on the west coast of the United States. It is part of Naval Base Coronado, the largest aerospace-industrial complex in the Navy. NAS North Island is pretty close to San Diego, and in fact used to be called NAS San Diego.
NAS North Island is home to several Navy aircraft carriers, as well as 23 aviation squadrons, plus an additional ~80 tenant commands, such as the Naval Aviation Depot, which happens to be the largest employer in San Diego’s Aerospace industry. The Depot employs more than 3,300 civilians, and has its own commissary, as well as housing units for Navy families.
Point Mugu NAS, or Naval Air Station Point Mugu, is located in Ventura county, California. Before 2000, Point Mugu was its own organization. Today, after some Naval realignment actions in 2000, NAS Point Mugu is now part of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC). This NAS also shared runway space with the National Guard at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station.
Naval Construction Battalion Center, based in Port Hueneme, California, is the West Coast homeport for the Navy Seabees. Port Hueneme, actually pronounced “why nee mee”, trains and supports mobilization for over 2,600 active personnel. This base, commonly abbreviated CBC or CBC Port Hueneme, also commands and operates Naval Base Ventura County. Located just 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, CBC Port Hueneme is on the Southern California cost, on the Oxnard Plain, a highly agricultural area,
Located in the northeast of California’s Mojave desert, the China Lake base is adjacent to Ridgecrest, California, and is in the counties of San Bernardina, Inyo, and Kern.
The China Lake NAWS is most known for its soldering technology. The base specializes in weapons development, and operates a full-spectrum weapons system.
The main air station is located several miles away from the real China Lake, the base’s namesake. NAWS China Lake is the largest navy base in the US, with total land holdings around 1.1 million acres.
Located just 70 miles east of San Diego, the Coronado Naval Base has more than 5,000 active civilians and duty. The base is actually a large network of Navy installations. There are 8 installations total in Navy Base Coronado: Naval Air Station North Island, an aerospace-industrial complex, Outlying Field Imperial beach, a facility for helicopters, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, one of the US’s biggest shore command centers, Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island, a large military airport, Silver Strand Training Complex, a well-respected Special Forces training facility, La Posta Mountain Warfare Training Facility, which is used by the Naval Special Warfare Center, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Facility Warner Springs. These facilities total more than 57,000 acres, which makes Naval Base Coronado the largest Navy command point in the southwest US.
Naval Base Point Loma was originally opened in 1959. Located in San Diego, California, Point Loma has been in operation since its opening. It is still an active Navy base, with around 22,000 active and civilian personnel. The base is commanded by Captain Paul A. Marconi, a respected Navy officer.
Naval Base Point Loma actually consists of 7 different stations: Submarine Base, Fleet Antisubmarine Training Center, Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific, Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, Fleet Intelligence Command Pacific, Space and Naval Warfare Weapons Command, and SPAWAR Systems center. The whole base is a hub of activity, especially considering the 7 major stations, all of which play a major role in the Navy’s operations.
Naval Station San Diego, also called NS San Diego or even Naval Base San Diego, is the west coast’s largest Navy base. The name of NS San Diego has been changed more than 5 times, so there is a lot of confusion surrounding it. Covering 977 acres of land, and 326 acres of water, NS San Diego is one of the largest bases in the whole US Navy. The base boasts more than 20,000 military personnel, and around 6,000 civilians, making it quite large in terms of population as well.
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