Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Facts
- Location: San Diego, California
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- Phone: (619) 545-1011
The NAB Coronado is a leading Military service command. The facilities on the base conceal 57 thousand acres of terrain which makes the base at Coronado the largest naval base in the southwest United States. This base is used for extraordinary and military conflict training as well as semi-aquatic practices and operations.
Naval Base Coronado was commissioned in 1944 and currently provides a base for training of military service aquatic units on California’s coast line. A California State Highway separates the base into two portions. Operations of the Semi-aquatic units take advantage of both sides of the base.
Currently the base has a population of 5,000 personnel; this includes Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific, Commander Naval Special Warfare, Command and the Commander Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific. Naval Base Coronado provides jobs for more than 36,000 civilians, as well as active military. The base employs more than 30% of the work force in this area making it very helpful to the economy.
The only connection to mainland that the Naval Base Coronado has is called the Silver Strand which is a narrow stretch of sand. However, the only access to the Naval Base is by a two- mile long bridge or a ferry. Many people started using this connection when a famous hotel opened. Hotel Del Coronado opened in 1988 and thus has been a popular place to stay for many tourists.
NAB Coronado has a beach that has been designated as a critical habitat for the Western Snowy Plover and the California Least Tern. The Navy marks the nesting areas and do not train in the areas when it is nesting season. They also use an active predator control program on the beaches to protect the nesting birds. Because of the efforts of the base to preserve these birds their numbers have greatly improved