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.
Previously, each of the stations had been separated. But, after budget cuts, the bases consolidated to form Naval Base Point Loma on October 1, 1998. Today, the base is often considered a submarine base, even though they do a lot more than play homeport to many Navy submarines. Point Loma is also the garrison for the entire U.S. Third Fleet.