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Coordinates: 32°40′32″N 117°09′38″W / 32.67547°N 117.160649°W / 32.67547; -117.160649

Naval Amphibious Base Coronado
Coronado, California
NAB Coronado Insignia
Type Military base
Coordinates Latitude:
In use 1944 - Present
Controlled by Emblem of the United States Navy.svg United States Navy
Garrison Naval Special Warfare Command

Naval Amphibious Base Coronado

Naval Amphibious Base Coronado (NAB Coronado) is a naval installation located across the bay from San Diego, California. The base, situated on Silver Strand, between San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, is a major Navy shore command, supporting over 30 tenant commands, and is the West Coast focal point for special and expeditionary warfare training and operations. The on‑base population is 5,000 military personnel and 7,000 students and reservists.


Formally commissioned in January 1944, Naval Amphibious Base (NAB), Coronado provides a shore base for the operations, training, and support of naval amphibious units on the West Coast. It is one of only two Navy amphibious training bases in the United States. NAB is approximately 1,000 acres (4 km²) in size and is composed of the Main Base, training beaches, California least tern preserve, recreational marina, enlisted family housing, and state park. State Highway 75 separates NAB into surfside (ocean) and bayside sections. The majority of the bayside is composed of fill materials dredged from San Diego Bay in the early 1940s. Amphibious training is conducted on both surfside and bayside beaches. To the south of the Main Base, the majority of amphibious training activities take place on about 257 acres (1.0 km2) of ocean beachfront property, leased from the State of California. A least tern nesting preserve is located on North and South Delta Beach between the NAB Marina and Main Base. NAB is located within the city of Coronado, California, a community of approximately 30,000. The city of Coronado covers nearly 9 square miles (23 km2) of land, and NAB lies south of the main residential and commercial portions of the city. Another naval facility, Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, is located northwest of the city of Coronado. South of NAB is Silver Strand.

In June 1943, the Secretary of the Navy authorized the establishment of the Amphibious Training Base in the San Diego area to meet wartimes demands for trained landing craft crews. These crews were deployed to the South Pacific area of operations, where their successful and historical efforts were contributory to the conclusion of World War II. Training for infantry coordination with naval artillery and attack aircraft was provided at the Naval Gunfire Liaison School and Support Air Control School.[1] The streets of the base bear the names of those famous battles which led to the Empire of Japan's defeat: Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Tulagi, and Bougainville, to name a few.

The base has also provided training for Underwater Demolition Teams, United States Navy SEALs, Brown-water navy personnel, and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps midshipmen.[2] In 1946, the base was renamed Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado and its primary mission was changed to that of providing major administrative and logistical support to the amphibious units which are located on the base. The base also conducts research and tests of newly developed amphibious equipment.[3]

Current operations

NAB Coronado is the home to over 30 tenant commands with a population of approximately 5,000 personnel, including major commands such as Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC), Commander Naval Special Warfare (SPECWAR) Command and the Commander Expeditionary Warfare Training Group (EWTG) Pacific.

Major commands


"The Navy plans to spend $600,000 for “camouflage” landscaping and rooftop adjustments so that 1960s-era barracks at the Naval Base Coronado near San Diego will no longer look like a Nazi swastika (卐) from the air. The resemblance went unnoticed by the public for decades until it was spotted in aerial views on Google Earth. "[4]

Even though the resemblance went unnoticed by staff, the architects and planners too were baffled long after construction, since they had unknowingly designed the structure in the form of a Nazi swastika symbol.[citation needed] The precise building that is in the shape of the Nazi symbol is Bldg 650 which is the National University at Naval Base Coronado (exact co-ordinates 32°40′36″N 117°09′30″W / 32.67657°N 117.15827°W / 32.67657; -117.15827).


  1. "U.S. Naval Activities World War II by State[CALIFORNIA"]. Patrick Clancey. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  2. La Tourette, Robert, LT USN (June 1968). "The San Diego Naval Complex". United States Naval Institute Proceedings. 
  4. Marshall, Carolyn (2007-09-27). "Navy to Mask Swastika Look of Barracks in California". The New York Times. p. 29. 

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