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San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation

Prosperity 1945 - Present

 
 
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Photographed By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
1. San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
Inscription.  As military installations were closed due to post-World War II reductions, the Navy concentrated its West Coast operations in San Diego. During the Cold War, the area became a major training center for supplying men, ships, and aircraft to the Pacific Fleet.

With more than 95,000 military personnel in the greater San Diego area today, the Navy is the largest single employer in the region. In addition to active duty personnel, the Navy provides approximately 142,500 civilian jobs that support the fleet. This accounts for more than 20% of the total employment in the San Diego region.

Today San Diego is host to 35 aircraft squadrons with more than 400 aircraft; 48 surface ships including guided missile cruiser, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships, and various patrol craft; as well as seven submarines.

The harbor is home port to deep-water vessels such as two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers the USS Nimitz and the USS Ronald Reagan, and nine Military Sealift Command Ships.

The partnership between the U.S. Navy and the San Diego community has lasted for more than 100 years. The Navy found an ideal

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location for a deep-water harbor with ample space for training operations. San Diego has prospered due to the influx of federal defense spending - exactly what the city's fathers set out to accomplish in 1908.
 
Erected by USS Midway Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
 
Location. 32° 42.82′ N, 117° 10.61′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on North Harbor Drive, on the left when traveling west. Located on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego CA 92101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (a few steps from this marker); Bridle-Arrest "Horns"
San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
2. San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Clifton A. F. Sprague, Vice Admiral, USN (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States Aircraft Carrier Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
3. San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
Peter Barton Wilson, Mayor of San Diego (1971-1982), U.S. Senator (1983-1991), and Governor of California (1991-1999), worked hard to manage San Diego's dynamic growth. During his service in the Senate, he was an effective advocated for maintaining a strong military presence in the San Diego area.
San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
4. San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
5. San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation Marker
U.S.S. Midway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Denise Boose, June 21, 2015
6. U.S.S. Midway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 7, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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