Anacostia Park in Southeast Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Armaments & Aircraft
The Washington Navy Yard is the oldest establishment of the U.S. Navy. It was the scene of many scientific developments including a ship model testing basin that evaluated the effect of water on new hull designs. The first shipboard aircraft catapult was tested in the Anacostia River in 1912 and a wind tunnel was completed at the Yard in 1916.
By World War II, the Navy Yard was the largest naval weapons plant in the world. The ammunition, artillery, and shells designed and built there were used in every war the United States fought were used in every war the United States fought until the 1960s. Today, the Navy Yard serves as headquarters for Naval District Washington and houses numerous support activities for the fleet and aviation communities.
Erected 2017 by Tendani Mpulubusi El with assistance from students at Eastern and Ballou High Schools with support from The Kresge Foundation, 11th Street Bridge Park, BBAR, 8 Arts & Culture.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 Anacostia Drive SE, Washington DC 20020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Booth's Escape (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Neighborhood Oasis (approx. ¼ mile away); Swift Boat PCF-1 (approx. ¼ mile away); Swift Boats (PCFs) and the Vietnam War (approx. ¼ mile away); Vietnam War (approx. ¼ mile away); Swift Boats, Home and Friend to Their Six Man Crew (approx. ¼ mile away); Lafayette's Tour (approx. ¼ mile away); The Big Chair (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southeast Washington.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.