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9. NIKE Los Angeles area

Last modified: 27 Apr 2022, submitted by: Yuuup

Country: United States    Region: CA

Latitude: 34° 22' 46" N     Longitude: -119° 50' 52" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


Grid 3422'47.46"N 118 9'9.27"W Former Nike site LA-04 Mt Gleason 1956-1974
LA was defended by 16 Nike sites. Hq sites were located at Signal Hill, Long Beach, Fort MacArthur, and at the Birmingham Army Hospital. As indicated by the number of sites, Los Angeles, with its aerospace industries, received extensive air defenses.
Units: 1st Missile Battalion, 56th Air Defense Artillery, later 4th Missile Battalion, 65th Air Defense Artillery.
The LA-40 and LA-43 Nike sites were manned by the 720th AAA Missile Battalion California Army NG. Eventually, California NG units assumed responsibilities for manning the other sites.
Air-Defense Command Post (ADCP) LA-45DC was at San Pedro Hill AFS, CA for Nike missile command-and-control functions. The site was initially an AN/FSG-l Missile-Master Radar Direction Center. It was later equipped with the AN/TSQ-51 "Missile Mentor" solid-state computer system.
LA-45DC was integrated with the USAF Air Defense Command/NORAD Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense radar network.

The other locations of Nike sites defending the Los Angeles area were at grid:
LA-09 Mt Disappointment 3416′42″N 11804′32″W
LA-14 El Monte 3402′37″N 11803′32″W
LA-29 Puente Hill 3357′34″N 11753′10″W
LA-32 Garden Grove 3347′32″N 11800′10″W
LA-40 Long Beach Airpt 3348′32″N 11808′26″W
LA-43 Ft McArthur 3343′00″N 11818′51″W
LA-55 Point Vincente 3344′42″N 11824′18″
LA-57 Redondo Bch 3349′45″N 11822′27″W
LA-70/LA-73 Hyperion 3357′08″N 11826′18W
LA-78 Malibu 3403′35″N 11838′46″W
LA-88 Oat Mtn 3418′41″N 11836′31W
LA-94 Newhall 3420′55″N 11824′29″W
LA-96 Lake Balboa 3407′43″N 11830′46″W
LA-98 Magic Mtn 3423′11″N 11819′45″W


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