NAS Point Mugu, CA History

    The air station at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu began as an anti-aircraft training site in World War II. It was soon converted to a missile test site, answering a need for a sea test site for Navy ordnance. Starting in the late 1940s NAS Point Mugu became the development and test center for several new missiles, including the AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-54 Phoenix, and SSM-N-8 Regulus.

    In the 1950s, NAS Point Mugu provided airlift support for nearby NSWC Port Hueneme, which supplied the bulk of the Seabee support for the Navy in the Korean War. In the 1960s NAS Point Mugu was the site of the start of the Navy Marine Mammal Program, before its relocation to Point Loma. In the 1980s Point Mugu was the primary air station supporting President Reagan's travel to his California home.

    Testing and airlift support continued through the Cold War and into the 1990s, when base realignment led to the combination of NAS Point Mugu with NSWC Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island, creating Naval Base Ventura County.

    In early 2013, the Navy proposed housing four MQ-C4 Triton unmanned aerial vehicles at Point Mugu air station, adding an estimated 700 personnel and an expansion of base facilities.

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    Surrounding Areas
    Oxnard is a large city of 198,000 residents in the 12th largest county in California. It is west of Malibu and Los Angeles in southern, coastal California. This is one just a few deep water ports on the West Coast and makes a great home for the U.S. Navy. There is more housing to be found in the nearby communities of Camarillo, Ventura, Santa Paula, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, and Fillmore. A typical commute in the area is about 23 minutes.

    About the Installation
    Naval Air Station Point Mugu is home to many ordnance testing programs and a test range that extends offshore to the Navy-owned San Nicolas Island. Due to the realignment actions taken in 2000, the base is now part of the Naval Base Ventura County that includes NB Ventura County itself, NSWC Port Hueneme Division, Point Mugu and San Nicolas Island. NAS Point Mugu is located in Ventura County, California.