San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation
Prosperity 1945 - Present
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 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
Erected by USS Midway Museum.
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. Touch for map. Located on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego CA 92101, United States of America.
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); Clifton A. F. Sprague, Vice Admiral, USN (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States Aircraft Carrier Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tuna Fleet Service, World War II (1941-1945) (approx. ¼ mile away); USS San Diego Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Lane Field Ballpark Site (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2017, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 33 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.