Navy Bases in U.S. Could Be Closed


As you peruse the following list of navy bases in the U.S., ask the question, do we really need them all? Due to the geographic isolation of the continental U.S., it would be impossible for any country, or group of nations, to successfully invade us. The British gave up during the American Revolution, and the War of 1812, even though they were the Super Power of the day. Our neighbor to the south failed in the Mexican War. We removed the Spanish from our hemisphere in the Spanish-American War. Germany never even seriously considered an invasion in either world war. Japan was only able to conduct a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, a Hawaiian territory 2,000 miles from California. They certainly could not have established a foothold on the West Coast, nor did they have any intention of doing so. Even the Soviet Union would not in their wildest of dreams have succeeded in occupying the continental U.S. Remember, 911 was not from abroad; it was a criminal assault waged from within. We can easily remain safe without many of the following bases:

HAWAII: Our major Pacific installation at Pearl Harbor-Hickun, adjacent to Honolulu, should continue. The missile range and communications center, also on the islands, should also remain.

CALIFORNIA: SAN DIEGO: The Pacific Fleet homeport at the San Diego would be one of the last places to close. Seven more San Diego County facilities however were cleverly put together under one roof, and labeled the Coronado Naval Base, so on paper they would appear to be one. Many of them listed here are redundant: 1) the Coronado Amphibious Base, 2) San Clemente Air Base, 3) Imperial Beach Helicopter Field, 4) La Posta Mountain Warfare Training Base, 5) Silver Strand Special Forces Facility, 6) Camp Morena, and 7) the North Island Aircraft Carrier Base. San Diego County also houses the Point Loma Naval Base, another duplicitous facility. Just east of San Diego County, the Navy has yet another air station at El Centro, near the Mexican border. While the Naval Medical Center in San Diego should be preserved, the Seal Beach Navy Weapons Station in Orange County should proceed with a planned closing.

CALIFORNIA: NORTH OF LOS ANGELES: In Ventura County, the Navy has an air station at Point Mugu. Redundant Ventura County facilities are at Port Hueneme and Nicolas Island. In the Mojave Desert, 150 north of LA, weapons are tested at the China Lake Naval Station. The Navy also operates the Lemoore Air Station in Fresno County, as well as an engineering postgraduate school in Monterey. On the Sacramento River, the Concord Weapons Station closure should proceed as planned.

OREGON & ALASKA: It was refreshing to see no evidence of Navy bases in Oregon or Alaska.

WASHINGTON: The Everett Naval Station, north of Seattle, is the port for a carrier strike force. The Kitsap Naval Base, across the Puget Sound, and west of Seattle, consists of the old Bangor and Bremerton facilities, which merged in 2004. Bremerton is also where the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is located. Also over the Sound, west of Seattle, is the Navy Air Station-Whidbey Island.

NEVADA: The Navy has an Air Base at Fallon, Nevada, near Reno, which was built in 1942, based on an incorrect fear the Japanese would be invading the coast. Fallon should be closed.

NEW MEXICO: One source reported the existence of a White Sands Navy Air Warfare Center in New Mexico. If so, the Navy doesn’t need a landlocked location. They should shut it down.

NORTH DAKOTA: There appears to be a Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in North Dakota. It would be more efficiently located at one of the seaside bases.

ILLINOIS: Bases on the Great Lakes made sense 200 years ago, during the War of 1812, when actual battles took place in these waters, against British forces from Canada. Today, the Great Lakes Naval Station, north of Chicago, which serves as a training center, could be better situated at one of our ocean ports.

INDIANA: There is a landlocked Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, 25 miles southwest of Bloomington, Indiana. Some of their functions were removed in 2005. Now, the rest should go. The Hesler Naval Armory, on a river in Indianapolis (land-locked), was built in 1936 as a public works project. Close it now.

TENNESSEE: Yes, there is a Mid-South Naval Support Base in landlocked Tennessee, near Memphis. It employs 7,500. Let’s get the Navy back to the ocean, by shutting this facility down.

WEST VIRGINIA: There is reportedly a Navy Information Operations Command at Sugar Grove, West Virginia. What Senator was on the Armed Services Committee when this base was opened in landlocked West Virginia? Move it to the ocean.

TEXAS: On the Gulf of Mexico, the Corpus Christi Air Station, and the Kingsville Station, also in the Corpus Christi area, present redundancies. One of them should be terminated. The inland base at Fort Worth also needs the ax. Fort Sam Houston reportedly provides Medical Education Training, and they may continue.

LOUISIANA: Since the Naval Support Activity-New Orleans was eliminated (2011), the Navy Air Station-New Orleans can survive.

MISSISSIPPI: The Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, in Gulfport, Mississippi, may carry on, but the inland Naval Air Station in the middle of the state, up in Meridian on the landlocked Alabama border, could be decommissioned.

FLORIDA GULF: Western Florida has redundant facilities in and around Pensacola. The Corry Technical Training Station is in a western suburb of Pensacola and it is very close to the Naval Air Station at Pensacola. Just 23 miles to the west of Pensacola, is the Whiting Naval Air Field, and 100 miles along the beach to the east, the Panama City Naval Support Activity can be found.

FLORIDA KEY WEST: The Naval Air Station at Key West appears to have some strategic value, and it should be spared.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC: The City of Jacksonville on the Atlantic has the Jacksonville Air Station, as well as a redundant Mayport Naval Air Station. One of the two must go.

GEORGIA: Not far from Jacksonville, the Navy has a Submarine Base at Kings Bay, in St. Mary’s Georgia. An inland Navy Supply School at Athens, Georgia was boarded up in 2011.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The Navy Support Activity-Charleston was merged in 2010 with an Air Force Base. They now jointly share a Charleston facility. The Navy also governs a hospital named Beaufort, near Hilton Head. Surprisingly, there were no navy bases in North Carolina.

VIRGINIA: The Norfolk Navy Base is the command center for the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Indian Ocean. It is the largest in the world, occupying 4 miles of waterfront, and 7 miles of pier and wharf. A redundant Naval Air Station Oceana is in Virginia Beach, close to Norfolk. Virginia Beach also houses the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, which has a Norfolk address. Portsmouth, Virginia houses a Naval Medical Center. Portsmouth further has the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The U.S. has another Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA. Near Newport News, the U.S. operates the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. The Hampton Roads Training Support Center is in Virginia Beach.

WASH DC: Our capital is home to a Navy Observatory, Navy Band, Historical Center, Judge Advocate Corps, and Pentagon (over river in VA). The Anacostia Naval Support Facility is also here.

MARYLAND: The Navy has the Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center in southern Maryland. The Walter Reed Medical Center (Bethesda) is northeast of DC. Camp David (the Naval Support Facility) is 62 miles from DC. Potomac is the home of the Carderock Naval Surface Warfare Center. The Patuxent River Naval Air Station is on the Chesapeake. The Navy Academy is at Annapolis, along with a Naval Communications Station.

PENNSYLVANIA: There are reportedly two Naval Support Activity facilities in Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg.

NEW JERSEY: The Earle Naval Weapons Station is in greater New York City. Near Trenton, the Navy and Air Force operate a base at Lakehurst.

NEW YORK: There is a Naval Support Facility at Saratoga Springs.

CONNECTICUT: The Navy’s primary submarine base is in New London, Connecticut.

RHODE ISLAND: The Navy Station-Newport houses an Officers Candidate School, Justice School, and Naval War College.

MAINE: The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is where they remodel and repair ships.

Again, do we really need all this to repeal an attack that will not happen, and more importantly would never succeed, if it did?

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