Country: United States Region: Florida
Latitude: 30° 13' 27" N Longitude: -82° 6' 47" E
Area use / Military Branches: Closed
Former NAS Cecil Field. WW2 base Naval Auxiliary Air Station. Redesignated as Naval Air Station in 1952 and rejuvenated as an operating base for fleet aircraft units which ushered in the "jet age" for the Jacksonville area. In the mid-1950s, NAS Cecil Field was selected to serve as one of four naval air stations to be designated as Master Jet Bases specifically used for the operation of carrier-based jet aircraft. NCF supported all Atlantic Fleet strike fighter squadrons and sea control squadrons. NCF ceased all ops 1998 and closed 2000
NCF comprised of 4 separate facilities:
- Cecil Field Complex
- Outlying Field ("OLF") Whitehouse
- Yellow Water Nuclear Weapons Storage http://www.wpla.net/
- Pinecastle Electronic Warfare Target Area / Warfare Range.
The former nuclear weapons strorage was at grid 30°15'41"N 81°54'35"W with a heloplatform at grid 30°15'57"N 81°54'15"W and a USMC ready building at grid 30°15'41"N 81°53'56"W. It was once a top-secret storage area for nuclear and conventional weapons. The secret was made public in 1985 when two nuclear weapons researchers wrote a book, Nuclear Battlefields, identifying the base as a storage for 150 B-57 type nuclear depth charges, as well as conventional weapons. USN only confirmed this after base closure.
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