Tuesday, June 4, 2013

North Carolina's Naval Section Bases-- Part 1

From the Encyclopedia of North Carolina.

Naval Section bases were small naval bases established by the U.S. Navy on the North Carolina coast prior to and during World War II for coastal patrol and antisubmarine defense.  In 1940-1941, when it was becoming increasingly evident that the U.S. was going to have to enter the war, the federal government initiated massive military buildup and preparedness.

One of these programs was the naval section base set up to be part of the Navy's Inshore Patrol, providing adminstrative and operational facilities for small naval and Coast Guard vessels engaged in local harbor defense, coastal patrol and minesweeping.

In 1941, two section bases were authorized for Morehead City and Southport.  In 1942, a third one was set up at Ocracoke.


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