Naval Air Station Jacksonville
Located in Duval County, Florida, Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jacksonville)
is approximately four miles outside of Jacksonville. It is a military
airport that is run by the U.S. Navy and commanded by Captain Robert Sanders.
NAS Jacksonville did not begin as a navy base, but as Camp Joseph E. Johnston.
It was established on October 15, 1917 and was used by the U.S. Army to
train quartermasters. Over 600 buildings were constructed for this camp,
but it closed only two years later in 1919. In 1928, the Florida National
Guard took over the site and named it Camp J. Clifford R. Foster. It was
not until October 15 of 1940 that the base we see today was established.
It was named Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Captain Charles P. Mason
of the U.S. Navy became the first commander of the base. It is now part
of a Navy complex which includes the surrounding bases of Naval Air Station
Cecil Field and Naval Station Mayport.
During World War II, thousands of pilots and aircrewmen were able to earn
their "wings of gold" at NAS Jacksonville. Due to World War
II, training at the base increased as did construction. There were three
runways on the base as well as seaplane runways. During this time, a hospital
was built as was a prisoner-of-war facility which held 1,500 German prisoners.
Many of the buildings constructed during wartime were only meant to be
temporary, such as the Catholic chapel, but they still are standing today
and are being used.
As technology changed, so did NAS Jacksonville. In 1948, Navy jet units
were stationed at the base and by the next year, 60% of the Fleet's
aircraft were located at this installation. The Fleet Air Wing Eleven,
Patrol Squadron Three, Panama and Patrol Squadron Five, and the U.S. Naval
Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels), all moved to this base. In
the 1950s, an air traffic control center was built that was designed to
be used by the Navy, Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the Air Force.
The base had over 11,000 military members and 5,000 civilians working
there and also helped impact the economy of the surrounding communities.
NAS Jacksonville in the Present Day
Nicknamed NAS Jax, this base is now one of the Navy's fastest growing
installations and the third largest in the entire country. Their mission
is to train aviators of the highest quality and assist in anti-submarine
warfare. The base is host to four helicopter squadrons, three reserve
squadrons, and eight P-3 squadrons. It is estimated that the base has
an economic impact of $2 billion every year and is one of the largest
employers in the surrounding communities. There are over 23,000 personnel
which are employees of the base.
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