Posted by: arbeam | September 9, 2014

Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) Celebrates its 50 Year Anniversary

Bangor

patchThe land for the Bangor base, 7,000 acres on the East side of the Hood Canal and approximately 500-600 acres directly across the Canal on the Toandos Peninsula, was purchased from local landowners beginning in 1941, and completed by 1944. In 1943 the Marginal Pier had been built to handle the loading of ammunition on Navy transport ships headed for the Pacific Theater during WWII.

In those early days the base was commissioned as Naval Ammunition Depot, Bangor “Bangor” was the name of the small community where the acreage was located, which, in turn was named after Bangor, Maine due to their geographical similarities (mountains, evergreen trees, inland waters and artesian wellwater).

Ammunition handling was Bangor’s chief mission all through WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam era.

Commissioned as POLARIS Missile Facility Pacific (POMFPAC) in 1964, the POLARIS A3 missile facility was in full production and providing the Fleet with high-quality missiles by December of that year. The “jewel” of Strategic Systems Programs’ (SSP’s) Fleet Ballistic Missile ( FBM) program for the Pacific was recommissioned Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) in July 1974. Along with the command name change, came a new mission: SWFPAC would become the missile production facility for the new generation FBM deterrent weapons—the TRIDENT I (C4) missile. By August 1980, SWFPAC was approved as a TRIDENT-capable facility and production of the new missile began. The first of 8 TRIDENT submarines assigned to protect American soil and interests in the Pacific, USS OHIO, arrived in August 1982, becoming the first of the Pacific TRIDENT Submarine Fleet.

In February 1977 Naval Ammunition Depot stood down and the base was commissioned as Naval Submarine Base, Bangor. In August of 1982 the first Trident submarine, USS Ohio, arrived at the Delta Refit Pier on the Bangor waterfront. It was followed thereafter about every 10 months with the arrival of seven more Trident submarines, for a total of eight boats. Ten more Tridents were built, each of them going to Kings Bay.

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