Tag Archives: Navy

Back To The Cold War: South Weymouth NAS

About 30 minutes south of Boston is the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. Closed in 1997, it formerly served as a base for submarine hunting aircraft that patrolled the east coast. Today, much of the original base is gone. The runways have been almost completely dug up and new housing is being built in their place. But there is a small part of the base that remains, though it is also slated to be mostly torn down and replaced with more homes and retail space.

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An Island Named After A Horse

Just north of San Francisco is the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Closed in 1996, it was the first Navy base on the Pacific Ocean when it opened in 1854. One of the bases Cold War contributions was as a builder of submarines.

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Treasure Island

Out in the middle of San Francisco bay is a little bit of land called Treasure Island that was built out of landfill to host the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition and then converted into a Navy training base for fire fighters and nuclear contamination clean-up crews. It was closed in the late 90’s and is now being redeveloped.

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A Naval Academy Kind Of Graduation

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