Watkins discusses some of the different types of military aircraft as well as logistical operations that allow aircraft carriers to remain at sea to project power around the globe.
The Naval Base Ventura County provides the Pacific Fleet with an all-in-one mobilization site, deep water port, railhead and airfield.
Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) is a premier naval installation composed of three operating facilities:
1) Point Mugu
2) Port Hueneme
3) San Nicolas Island
At Point Mugu, NBVC operates two runways and a 36,000-square-mile sea test range, 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.
At Port Hueneme, NBVC operates the only deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The port also boasts 16 miles of rail with dedicated access for on- and off-loading military freight for the various branches of service. 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.
At San Nicolas Island, NBVC operates Naval Outlying Field San Nicolas Island, which has a 10,002-foot 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. San Nicolas Island serves as a launch platform for short and medium missile testing and as an observation facility for missile testing.
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