Navy Region SouthwestCommunity
Today an emphasis on the environment is an integral part of Navy operations. All personnel have the important responsibility of both protecting and enhancing the significant natural and cultural resources under our jurisdiction.
As the only military installation in the nation with a national wildlife refuge enclosed completely within its boundaries, base personnel take special pride in their conservation efforts. Many endangered and threatened species call weapons station property home, including the California least tern, the light-footed clapper rail and the California gnatcatcher. The command has been decorated with Department of Defense or Navy-wide environmental awards every year since 2007.
Safety is Priority One
Proud recipients of multiple Navy-wide Shore Safety Awards, base personnel are continually working to ensure that a culture of operational safety is an engrained part of day-to-day business, from the Commanding Officer down. An intense focus on safety permeates all aspects of base operations, and every member of the base community is considered a valued safety observer.
Originally commissioned in 1944 as a Naval Ammunition and Net Depot, NAVWPNSTA Seal Beach has evolved into the Fleet’s premier weapons loading, storage and maintenance installation. With the later addition of Detachments Fallbrook and Norco, the command now supports a full spectrum of ordnance and weapons system functions.
NAVWPNSTA Seal Beach has a strong partnership with the community.
Command personnel work closely with local city halls, chambers of commerce, police and fire departments to help improve life on both sides of the fence line. Opportunities for community involvement include annual ship tours, monthly wildlife refuge visits, and a number of conservation events including cleanups and native vegetation plantings.
WWII Submarine Memorial
The base is home to the West Coast National WWII Submarine Memorial. It is open to the public during daylight hours every day and honors the 52 American submarines lost during WWII.