Naval Hospital Beaufort is located in Port Royal, South Carolina. It is one of the very few medical complexes that is actually on its own. Most medical centers in the navy, and the rest of the military for that matter, are part of larger bases or complexes. But Naval Hospital Beaufort is completely self-standing, and is quite sizable considering this. There are around 200 hospital beds available for military personnel and family members at Naval Hospital Beaufort.
Located in Charleston, South Carolina, Naval Hospital Charleston has been around for quite some time. But it wasn’t always called Naval Hospital Charleston. In the beginning, the land that is currently NH Charleston was established as the Charleston Navy Yard, on June 7, 1900. On November 2, 1902, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery bought almost 100 acres of the land from the city of Charleston. The Bureau was located on the northwest side of the existing Navy yard, and later on in the century, roughly 50 acres of land was transferred to the Yard, leaving around 43 acres to the hospital.
Located on the west bank of the Copper river in North Charleston, South Carolina, Naval Weapons Station Charleston spans an impressive 17,000 acres, including 10,000 acres of wetlands and forests. The base is very large, and hosts more than 11,000 personnel, along with 3,600 family members in on-base housing.
Naval Weapons Station Charleston was commissioned on November 5, 1941. It was named the United States Naval Ammunition Depot, and was used as an ammunition distribution and collection center. During World War 2, thousands of tons of ammunition were loaded onto boats at the Naval Ammunition Depot. Most of these boats were coming from the nearby Charleston Naval Shipyard.