Saturday, June 22, 2013

U.S. Mine Depot Yorktown-- Part 2

From the Global

The U.S. Mine Depot Yorktown was commissioned 1 July 1918 to support the laying of mines in the North Sea during World War I.

During the interim years between the two wars, the base received, reclaimed, stored and issued mines, depth charges and related materials.

During World War II, the trinitrotoluene (TNT) reclaiming and loading program, established in 1927, was expanded.  Torpedo overhaul facilities were added as was a research and development lab for experimenting with high explosives.

Special tasks assigned to the base were those associated with design and development of mines, depth charges and advanced underwater ordnance weapons.

The U.S. Mine Depot was redesignated U.S. Naval Weapon Station Yorktown 7 August 1958 and part of it was later turned over to the Coast Guard.

Never Heard Of It Before.  --GreGen

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