NAWS China Lake
Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake is a base covered by three counties in California: Inyo, Kern and San Bernardino. The front gate can be found in Ridgecrest. It was established in the western part of the Mojave Dessert area.
NAWS is one of the most important bases because it stores close to 85% of the land that was used for research operations for armaments and weapons. And it had usage for testing and evaluating.
This base was created in 1943 due to the Navy needing a new site to test new weapons and aviation techniques. It was also used to provide basic training for these weapons. The first operations began a few weeks after the base was established. The excellent climate, great visibility and wide area were all determining factors for picking the region.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited the base to admire an air show.
80,000 active duty and supports students at three installations annually of up to 138,000, 8,000 civilian contractors, 200 mission partners, 250,000 family members and veterans.