Naval Station Newport - an Important Part of Newport's Community

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Did you know that most WWII torpedos were made on Goat Island?

Since the Revolutionary War, the United States Navy has played an important role on Narragansett Bay.  At that time, the Bay was used as a haven for the Continental Navy.  During the Civil War, the U.S. Naval Academy was moved from Annapolis to Newport, where it stayed for four years.  In 1869, the Secretary of the Navy authorized the development of an experimental torpedo station on Newport's Goat Island.  During World War II, the station reached the height of importance when over 13,000 people were employed 24 hours a day manufacturing 80% of America's torpedos used during that war.  It closed in 1951, and Goat Island was transferred to the city of Newport where today it includes a luxury hotel and restaurant, arine, shopping facilities and condominiums.

In 1884, the Naval War College was established on Aquidneck Island, and is today the Navy's most prestigious educational institution.  By 1913, the Navy had constructed the Naval Hospital.  During World War I, as thousands of recruits arrived, the Navy acquired Coddington Point.  By 1940, the base had expanded rapidly.  In 1942, then LTjg John F. Kennedy, born in Brookline, Massachusetts, completed PT-Boat training on the island.

In 1946, the complete navy complex in the Bay area was designated as the U.S. Naval Base, Newport.  During peacetime, the Navy increased activities in the fields of research and development, with a specialty in training and preparing for modern day warfare.  In 1970, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) was established to coordinate all underwater programs pursued at the Naval Base.

Naval Station Newport today is becoming a world-class Center of Learning Excellence.   Naval personnel assigned to Newport come from all over the world, and the base "mirrors a miniature America."  Home to 50 Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S. Army Reserve commands and activities, it is the Navy's top location for training officers and officer candidates as well as testing and evaluating advanced undersea warfare and development systems.   Naval Station Newport is also the largest employer in Newport County, and third overall in the state, with 8,000 employees. 

Newport would not be the same without the Naval Station Newport, an integral part of its community.

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