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    Mare Island California United States
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USN c1943

Location
Mare Island is approximately 3.5 miles long and one mile wide. Located on the western edge of Vallejo, approximately 30 miles northeast of San Francisco in the North Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mare Naval Yard
During 1854, the U. S. Navy (USN) established Naval Magazine, NSY Mare Island. The shipyard’s primary missions was to maintain, overhaul and refuel warships. Also known as "Mare Island Navy Yard".

World War I
In 1918, Mare Island Navy Yard set a record that has never broken, building destroyer USS Ward in 17 1/2 days.

World War II
In total, Mare Island Navy Yard built 17 submarines, 4 subtenders, 31 destroyer escorts, 33 small craft, and more than 300 landing craft. During the Pacific War, Mare Island was an important location for overhauls and repairs for U. S. Navy warships and vessels. During 1943, HA-19 Type A midget submarine was dispalyed at Mare Island and seen by U. S. President F. D. Roosevelt.

Closure
In 1993, the Department of Defense (DoD) Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recommended the closure of Mare Island NSY in the "third round" (BRAC 3) of military closures. The operational closure of Mare Island NSY was completed in April 1996.

USS Lewis DE-535
Sunk March 1966 off Mare Island

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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