Naval Base Point Loma
Point Loma is one of the oldest communities in San Diego. This area is an all Navy town, and is known as “America’s Finest City.” The mission for Point Loma is to provide direct day-to-day operation of base support functions and to ensure that the base best serves the Fleet and tenant commands. Naval Base Point Loma is a regional team dedicated to providing the highest level of base operating support and quality of life services for all operating forces and shore activities on Naval Base Point Loma.
The base is comprised of seven different facilities, each with its own unique purpose and mission. It’s home to the Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center, Submarine Base Point Loma, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), SPAWAR Systems Center, Combat Training Center Pacific, Naval Consolidated Brig, Miramar and the Fleet Intelligence Command Pacific. Point Loma is broken down into three main categories, Air Operations, Port Operations and Other Operations. Air operations include shore and airfield aviation support, maintenance, and management of Naval Air Forces in the region. Port operations cover shore installation support and that of naval forces afloat in Navy Ports. Other operations covers all functions associated with deployment and training f naval forces including but no limited to weapons and ammunition storage, disposal, accounting safety and range training support.
The history of Point Loma began thousands of years ago when prehistoric peoples and Native Americans inhabited the area. Archaeological sites have been dated to as far back as 7000 years. In 1959, Fort Rosecrans was turned over to the U.S. Navy and the Navy Submarine Support Facility was established in November 1963, on 280 acres of the land. In 1974, the base was re-designated as a shore command, serving Submarine Group Five, Submarine Squadron Three, Submarine Development Group One, the Submarine Training Facility and later, Submarine Squadron Eleven. In 1981, the base was designated as Naval Submarine Base. Starting in 1995, several commands were decommissioned or their homeports were changed to meet the down-sizing requirements of the Navy. Commands throughout San Diego were regionalized in an effort to provide equal or better base services while managing a reduced budget. The six naval installations on Point Loma were consolidated as Naval Base Point Loma on October 1, 1998.
Personnel reporting for duty to a deployed unit will be directed to the Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) located at Brunton Hall on the “Dry Side” of Naval Base San Diego (NBSD).
Point Loma is broken up in to several installations. NBPL is homeport to five submarines, a floating dry dock (ARCO), and the Navy’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Department (SARD). Other installations are COMTHIRDFLT, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), SPAWAR Systems Center, Fleet NMASW Training Center, Fleet Intelligence Training Center Pacific, and Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific. Point Loma’s population consists of DoD personnel, Military Families, and Civilians.