Naval Base Ventura County
Oxnard, California in United States
A US Navy E-2C Hawkeye flies over NB Ventura County's Point Mugu facility
NB Ventura County is located in the United States
NB Ventura County
NB Ventura County
Location in the United States
TypeNaval Base
Site information
OwnerDepartment of Defense
OperatorUS Navy
Controlled byNavy Region Southwest
WebsiteOfficial website
Site history
Built1941 – 1942
In use2000 (2000) – present (as NB Ventura County)
Garrison information
Captain Jeff Chism
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: NTD, ICAO: KNTD, FAA LID: NTD, WMO: 723910
Elevation3.9 metres (13 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
03/21 3,383.8 metres (11,102 ft) Asphalt
09/27 1,677 metres (5,502 ft) Asphalt
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) is a United States Navy base in Ventura County, California. Formed by the merger of NAS Point Mugu and CBC Port Hueneme, NBVC is a diverse installation composed of three main locations — Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, and San Nicolas Island. The base serves as an all-in-one mobilization site, deep water port, railhead, and airfield. NBVC supports more than 100 tenant commands with a base population of more than 19,000 personnel, making it the largest employer in Ventura County.


Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme

Main article: Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme

CBC Port Hueneme insignia

The facility at Port Hueneme was built as a temporary depot in the early days of World War II to train, stage, and supply the newly created Seabees (from "C.B.", the initials for "Construction Battalion"). The base was officially established and began operating May 18, 1942 as the Advance Base Depot. In 1945 the Advance Base Depot was renamed the Naval Construction Battalion Center.[2]

During the Korean War, almost all Navy construction equipment and supplies for the war were routed through CBC Port Hueneme.[2]

Naval Air Station Point Mugu

Main article: Naval Air Station Point Mugu

In 1941, as the United States entered World War II, Point Mugu also became a training area for the Seabees. The Seabees put down a section of Marston mat runway that would become Point Mugu's first airstrip.[2] NAS Point Mugu served as an anti-aircraft training center during the war[3] and was developed in the late 1940s into the Navy's major missile development and test facility. This facility was the site where most of the Navy's missiles were developed and tested during the 1950s and 1960s, including the AIM-7 Sparrow family and the AIM-54 Phoenix air-to-air, Bullpup air-to-surface, and Regulus surface-to-surface missiles.[citation needed]

NAS Point Mugu insignia

NAS Point Mugu has dominated the area since the 1940s, and is one of the few places in the area that is not agricultural. The base has been home to many ordnance testing programs, and the test range extends offshore to the Navy-owned San Nicolas Island in the Channel Islands.[citation needed] In 1963 the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program was established on a sand spit between Mugu Lagoon and the ocean. The facility was relocated in 1967 to Point Loma in San Diego, California.[citation needed]

NAS Point Mugu was the airfield used by former President Ronald Reagan during his presidency on visits to his Santa Barbara ranch. The airfield was used during the state funeral in 2004, as the place where the former President's body was flown to Washington, D.C. to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. The body was flown to Point Mugu aboard presidential aircraft SAM 28000 two days later.[4]

Until the late 1990s, the base hosted Antarctic Development Squadron SIX (VXE-6), the squadron of LC-130s equipped to land on ice in Antarctica, to supply the science stations there. Now, the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing has assumed that responsibility.[citation needed]

Naval Base Ventura County

A Seabee convoy security team performs a firepower demonstration at Naval Base Ventura County

Naval Base Ventura County was established on October 11, 2000, during a ceremony held at Point Mugu. The two commands of NAS Point Mugu and CBC Port Hueneme were consolidated into a completely new organization.[2] San Nicolas Island was transferred to NBVC on October 1, 2004, after several years under the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division.[5]

NBVC provides the Pacific Fleet with an all-in-one mobilization site, deep water port, railhead, and airfield. NBVC hosts more than 100 tenant commands and, as of 2006, is the largest employer in Ventura County, with over 19,000 military and civilian personnel working for or stationed on the base. The base contributes directly or indirectly to another 8200 jobs throughout the county.[2]

In February 2013, the U.S. Navy proposed to base four MQ-4C Tritons beginning in 2020; this would require 700 personnel and dependents to move to the base,[6][7][8] and $74.3 million in estimated construction cost.[9][10]

In May 2018, an investigation found that mismanagement had resulted in more than $32 million worth of equipment being unaccounted for because warehouse employees had failed to keep proper inventory records. Some classified materials in the warehouses had been stored improperly also. The warehouses hold supplies and repair equipment for destroyers, frigates and cruisers that carry classified weapons systems.[11]

US Coast Guard tenant command

Coast Guard Air Station Forward Operating Base Point Mugu

In September 2016, the Coast Guard Air Station in Los Angeles was relocated to Naval Base Ventura County from its former location at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) when the lease on the existing facility ended. Administratively, it was merged with/became a subunit of the Coast Guard Air Station in San Francisco, as the satellite facility FOB Point Mugu.[12][13] This relocation allowed LAX to accommodate the planned improvements for LAX's midfield, including the Midfield Satellite Concourse North (MSC North) terminal.[12][14]

In July 2021, the US Coast Guard announced it had begun construction on $53 million of facility investments to "transition the site from its current, semi-permanent Forward Operating Base Point Mugu to the full-service air station"[15] to be named CGAS Ventura, anticipated to open in August 2023. Vice Admiral Michael F. McAllister, the commander of the USCG Pacific Area stated, “We’re excited to break ground to re-establish a permanent air station. The new air station in Ventura will enhance critical mission capabilities, allowing us to better serve this critical area.”[16] McAllister also said that CGAS Ventura would be the first CGAS added by the Coast Guard in more than two decades.[17] The permanent new air station will include a hangar facility with four bays, shops, and storage for MH-65T and MH-60J helicopters, as well as an administration building.[18]


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Naval Outlying Landing Field
San Nicolas Island
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Port of Hueneme (pronounced "Why-nee-mee") is the only deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

At Point Mugu, NBVC operates two runways and a 36,000-square-mile (93,000 km2) sea test range,[2] anchored by San Nicolas Island. The range allows the military to test and track weapons systems in restricted air- and sea-space without encroaching on civilian air traffic or shipping lanes. The range can be expanded through interagency coordination between the U.S. Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration. Telemetry data can be tracked and recorded using technology housed at San Nicolas Island, Point Mugu and Laguna Peak,[19] a Tier 1 facility also controlled by NBVC.[20] Additionally, the air traffic control facility contains a TRACON that provides terminal radar services for nearby busy Class D airports Camarillo Airport and Oxnard Airport.

At Port of Hueneme (pronounced "Why-nee-mee"), NBVC operates the only deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The port also boasts 16 miles (26 km) of rail with dedicated access for on- and off-loading military freight for the various branches of service.[2] The port is the west coast homeport of the U.S. Navy Seabees and supports the training and mobilization requirements for more than 2,600 active-duty personnel. The port facility is located on the vast agricultural Oxnard Plain, about 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Los Angeles, on the Southern California coast.

At San Nicolas Island (SNI), NBVC operates Naval Outlying Landing Field San Nicolas Island, which has a 10,002-foot (3,049 m) concrete and asphalt runway capable of accommodating aircraft the size of a C-5 Galaxy. Other facilities on the island include radar tracking instrumentation, electro optical devices, telemetry, communications equipment, missile and target launch areas, as well as personnel support. SNI serves as a launch platform for short and medium missile testing and as an observation facility for missile testing.[5]

Tenant commands

Two VX-30 S-3Bs over Anacapa Island in 2016

Tenant commands encompass an extremely diverse set of specialties that support both the fleet and fighter, including U.S Space Force's 10th Space Operations Squadron (formerly the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC)), responsible for controlling and maintaining the Mobile User Objective System and Ultra-High Frequency Follow-On satellite constellations; and three warfare centers: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, and Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center. NBVC is also home to deployable units, including the Pacific Seabees and the west coast E-2C,D Hawkeyes. The facility also shares runways with the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station. NBVC is also responsible for maintaining a training area used by Naval Construction Group ONE at Fort Hunter Liggett, located approximately 240 miles (390 km) north of NBVC's main facilities.[citation needed] MQ-25A Stingray drones will be based at Point Mugu under the Airborne Command and Control Logistics Wing.[21][22]

Point Mugu tenants

Port Hueneme tenants

The guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale is commissioned at Naval Base Ventura County

See also: Seabee § Organization; and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion § West Coast (Port Hueneme, California)

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

See also: Seabee § Museums, and U.S. Navy Museum § Other Navy museums

Located on Naval Base Ventura County is the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, one of 10 official U.S. Navy museums.[28] The museum is the principal repository for the Seabees’ operational history. The Seabee Archive contains various operational records, battalion histories, manuscripts, oral histories, biographies, and personal papers pertaining to the Seabees.[28]

Accidents and incidents

See also


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from NBVC History. United States Navy.

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