NAS Atlanta was decommissioned as a Navy air station in 2007. Today, it is called the General Lucius D. Clay National Guard Center, and serves as homeport for Georgia’s National Guard. The National Guard took control of the base in 2007, but the name change did not become official, and Navy operations continued, until September, 2009.
Before, when the base was still known as NAS Atlanta, it served as a major Navy base. It was commissioned in April 1955, when Congress approved almost $4 million for the development of a new Navy station. They wanted a station in a good location that could have long runways, and be able to launch larger planes. They chose a location right next to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, near Marietta, Georgia. In fact, NAS Atlanta actually shared its runways with Dobbins Base.
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is located adjacent to the town of St. Mary’s, Georgia, in the county of Camden. Kings Bay is homeport to many of the Atlantic Fleet’s many submarines, and especially the Ballistic Missile Nuclear Submarines of the US Navy. On land, the base stretches over about 16,000 acres, 4,000 of which are protected wildlife wetlands.
Kings Bay was originally a US Army controlled base, but in 1975, the Navy took the area and began developing a massive submarine complex. The United States was negotiating a treaty with Spain, and one of Spain’s conditions was that all Nuclear Submarines in the area must be removed. The Navy needed a place to relocate the subs, and that’s why Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay was proposed, and was eventually established on July 1, 1978.