Naval Magazine, Indian Island

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Naval Magazine Indian Island

KITSAP Naval Magazine Indian Island

Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Indian Island’s strategic mission is to provide ordnance logistics support to the Pacific Fleet and the joint services in peace and war. In 1941, the Navy commissioned the Naval Magazine and Net depot on Indian Island and used the organization for the storage of Navy munitions and assembly of mines and submarine nets. The island was placed in a reduced operating status in 1959 and then reactivated in 1979 when munitions storage and handling facilities at Bangor were moved to Indian Island.

NAVMAG comprises the entire 2,716-acre Indian Island on the northeast corner of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. Residents live on nearby Marrowstone Island to the east and in Port Townsend, north-northwest of the site, the largest population center near the island. NAVMAG Indian Island is approximately 7 square miles and contains a wealth of cultural and natural resources. There are several Native American sites on the island, as well as historically significant pioneer homestead sites and World War II-era buildings.

After the Persian Gulf War, NAVMAG was selected as one of two West Coast ports to be upgraded for the efficient transshipment of containerized ammunition for surge requirements. Several infrastructure improvements were made, including construction of a rail-to-truck transfer facility in Bangor on Naval Base Kitsap and installation of the Department of Defense’s largest crane at the Indian Island ammunition pier in 2000.

In 1999, the 40-ton container crane was delivered and certified for the ammunition pier. The crane, or “Big Blue” as it is commonly referred to, is a noticeable structure for miles around the Indian Island/Port Hadlock area. Reaching into the sky from the island’s ammunition pier, it serves as a proud reminder of the superior ordnance-handling capabilities of Naval Magazine Indian Island. It is capable of lifting 89,600 pounds.

By 2000, NAVMAG had become the Pacific’s ordnance strategic port of embarkation, supporting numerous joint exercises designed to test and validate ordnance surge capability to the Pacific Theater of operations. At the same time, a significant part of NAVMAG’s and the Navy’s mission and vision has been to incorporate and develop the best practices of environmental stewardship and sustainability.


Navy Exchange: There is a small exchange located in Building 69. The hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Location: Only Beach 8 is authorized for recreational shellfish harvest.

Facility: Beach 8 has adequate unpaved access roads.

Note for saltwater and freshwater fishing: Appropriate Washington state fishing/shellfish licensing is required, and all state regulations for season size and catch limits and authorized gear must be followed. In addition, any holes dug in the beach must be refilled after finishing shellfish harvesting.


Location: Ground floor of Building 151, the Gymnasium.

Facility: Modern fitness center with aerobic and anaerobic exercise machines, male and female head and shower facilities, and coed sauna.

Smoking: Prohibited in vehicles everywhere on station. Otherwise authorized within the Industrial area (roadside signs indicate when so authorized) and within the Magazine areas only in specifically approved smoke shelters at the Ammunition Pier and near production facilities. Smoking is never authorized during any activity within the Magazine areas.


During the vehicle inspection, personnel will be directed out of their vehicles while the inspection is conducted.

All weapons must be declared. No cameras will be allowed on NAVMAG without a camera pass.


NAVMAG Indian Island is only accessible to personnel with official business on the installation. There are not any MWR facilities on the installation open to the general DoD community (i.e. retirees, DoD civilians/military personnel NOT assigned to NAVMAG). To access the installation personnel must have a Common Access Card (CAC) and a Navy Region Northwest BAVR Badge with the required codes for Indian Island. Personnel who do not meet these identification requirements should contact their base sponsor for assistance. Personnel who arrive at the installation without the required identification or without pre-approval to visit the installation will be turned away. Access requests for NAVMAG must be submitted to the security department at least two business days before the visit; however certain access requests may take up to two-weeks for processing (Foreign citizens, criminal history, etc.). All personnel and vehicles are subject to inspection prior to being granted base access; please contact your base sponsor to determine what types of items are prohibited on the installation. Photography is prohibited on the installation without a NAVMAG-issued camera pass.

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