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Naval Support Activity Monterey

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Overview

Installation Information

Home to over 15 tenant commands, NSA Monterey provides primary support to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Navy Research Lab (NRL), and the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC). NPS is the largest producer of advanced graduate degrees for the Department of Defense and proudly graduates thousands every year from all services and from over 50 countries. NRL provides all scientific and weather modeling as well as atmospheric and aerosol studies. FNMOC provides the highest quality, most relevant and timely worldwide Meteorology and Oceanography support to U.S. and coalition forces from FNMOC’s 24-hour Operations Center in Monterey. NSA Monterey supports over 160 buildings which are located on more than 626 acres.

Statistics - NPS at A Glance    

The Naval Postgraduate School is an academic institution whose emphasis is on study and research programs relevant to the Navy’s interests, as well as to the interests of other arms of the Department of Defense. The programs are designed to accommodate the unique requirements of the military.

The Campus

Located in Monterey, California, on the Pacific Ocean 120 miles south of San Francisco, the Naval Postgraduate School campus covers 627 acres of land. The site, which has been home to NPS since 1947, houses state-of-the-art laboratories, numerous academic buildings, a great library, government housing and impressive recreational facilities.

The Students

Nearly 1,500 students attend the Naval Postgraduate School. The student body consists of officers from the five U.S. uniformed services, officers from 46 other countries and a small number of civilian employees. Selection of officers for fully-funded graduate education is based upon outstanding professional performance as an officer, promotion potential and a strong academic background.

The Faculty

The faculty, the majority of whom are civilians, are drawn from a broad diversity of educational institutions and represent a prestigious collection of scholars. Faculty/student interaction is high. Every class is taught directly by a faculty member--over 99% of whom have a Ph.D.

The Degrees

 

The Naval Postgraduate School offers classes leading to advanced degrees in a variety of fields.

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography A His

Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) or “Fleet Numerical” for short, maintains a primary mission to provide the highest quality, most relevant and timely worldwide Meteorology and Oceanography support to U.S. and coalition forces from its 24/7 Operations Center in Monterey, Calif.

FNMOC’s world-class suite of high-performance supercomputers running meteorological and oceanographic models, satellite processing and display capabilities, and product distribution systems enable this critical mission.

But all that is only significant because of the world-class team of dedicated military and civilian personnel at Fleet Numerical. Our team consists of renowned experts in meteorology, oceanography, computer science and Fleet operations who provide computerized weather and ocean prediction products, weather satellite imagery products and related tactical decision aids and data, supporting virtually every combat platform and weapons system operated by the U.S. Navy.

We are proud ‘Fleet Numericans’ and fortunate to serve our nation in this capacity. We strive for supercomputing excellence for Fleet Safety and Decision Superiority. We hope you will find what you need here, and thank you for visiting Fleet Numerical.

Naval Research Laboratory Monterey (NRL Monterey) The Marine Meteorology Division is part of NRL’s Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate, which contains six divisions performing broadly based scientific research and advanced technology development in the fields of marine geosciences, acoustics, oceanography, marine meteorology, remote sensing and space science - covering the bottom of the ocean to the top of the atmosphere to meet identified and anticipated needs of the Navy and Marine Corps.

 

NRL Marine Meteorology Division conducts a research and development program designed to improve the basic understanding of the atmospheric processes and the atmosphere’s interaction with the ocean, land and cryosphere; to develop and implement automated analysis, prediction and weather interpretation systems for DOD users; and to study the effect of the atmosphere on Naval weapons systems.

A History of The Navy In Monterey

Before World War II one of the finest luxury hotels in North America, the Hotel Del Monte, occupied the present site of the Naval Postgraduate School.

From the time railroad pioneer Charles Crocker first opened the hotel in June 1880, it was an immediate success. Fire completely destroyed the hotel in 1887, but the second Hotel Del Monte rose promptly at the same location and was more splendid than its predecessor. In the early morning of September 27, 1924, fire again devastated the central wooden structure of the hotel. Reconstruction was again immediate and the more modern building continued to make the Del Monte one of the showplaces of the world.

By this time, Samuel F.B. Morse, the president of the Del Monte Properties Company, had acquired the hotel and began developing the Del Monte as a “sports empire” where guests could enjoy playing golf, polo, tennis, swimming, yachting and deep-sea fishing. Coined “the most elegant seaside resort in the world,” the hotel played host to world leaders, dignitaries, American presidents, film stars and famous artists until 1942, when it was taken over by the U.S. Navy and used as a pre-flight school for aviators.

During World War II, Fleet Admiral Ernest King, chief of naval operations and commander-in-chief of both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, established a commission to review the role of graduate education in the Navy. By the end of the war, it had become apparent that the facilities of the Naval Postgraduate School at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, would be insufficient for the Navy’s future needs.

In 1945, Congress passed legislation to make the school a fully-accredited, degree-granting graduate institution. Two years later, Congress authorized the purchase of the Hotel Del Monte and 627 acres of surrounding land for use as an independent campus for the school.

In December 1951, in a move virtually unparalleled in the history of academe, the Postgraduate School moved lock, stock and wind tunnel across the nation, establishing its current campus in Monterey, Calif. The coast-to-coast move involved 500 students, about 100 faculty and staff and thousands of pounds of books and research equipment. Rear Adm. Ernest Edward Herrmann supervised the move that pumped new vitality into the Navy’s efforts to advance naval science and technology

The main building of the former Hotel Del Monte - now named Herrmann Hall - houses the principal administrative offices of the Naval Postgraduate School. The academic quadrangle was built incrementally after the school officially opened for business in 1951. The most recent additions include the renovation of the library (more than doubling its usable space), the new academic building - Glasgow Hall, and the new Mechanical Engineering Building.

In 2006, a $35 million renovation of the two wings of Herrmann Hall was completed, providing 140 new Bachelor Officers’ Quarters (BOQ) rooms for the school’s international officers and their families for temporary residency while they establish themselves in permanent living facilities.

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