Naval Air Facility El Centro
Military Airport, Premiere tactical training air installation
2024 Bennett Rd, El Centro, CA 92243
At Naval Air Facility El Centro their mission is to provide the highest quality facilities, services and products to the Naval Aviation community and all organizations utilizing Naval Air Facility El Centro. They provide base support to Naval Aviation Squadrons and maintain target ranges for their weapons and combat air training. We also support Marine Aviation units, air elements from the U.S. Army, Air Force units, and allied forces.
Originally the planned site of the Imperial County airport, the Navy leased the facility for use as a Marine Corps Air Station in 1942. The formal establishment of the installation took place on July 24, 1943. The installation operated as a Marine Corp Air Station until disestablishment and subsequent re-establishment to the Navy in May 1946. In 1979 the facility was designated Naval Air Facility El Centro.
Naval Air Facility El Centro was commissioned on May 1, 1946, as a Naval Air Station. Prior to that, the base was a Marine Corps Air Station. Through the years, Navy El Centro has had several names: Naval Air Facility, Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, Naval Air Station, and the National Parachute Test Range.
From Los Angeles: I-10 East to CA-86 South. CA-86 becomes Imperial Avenue. Turn right on Adams, Adams becomes Evan Hewes Highway. Turn right on Bennet Road to NAF El Centro main gate.
From Yuma Arizona: I-8 West to Forrester Road. Turn right onto Forrester Road. Turn left onto Evan Hewes Highway. Turn right onto Bennet Road to NAF El Centro main gate.
Every month, seven to 12 squadrons and up to 1,600 personnel train here. Additionally, U.S. Air Force parachutists, U.S. Navy SEAL’s, Army Green Berets, and British, French, German and Italian aviators visit for various phases of their training.