Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base (historical) in Aleutians West (CA) Borough AK


Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base (historical), Aleutians West (CA) Borough, Alaska

Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base (historical) is a historical feature (military) in Aleutians West (CA) Borough. The primary coordinates for Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base (historical) places it within the 99692 ZIP Code delivery area.

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Feature Name: Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base (historical)
Category: Alaska physical, cultural and historic features
Feature Type: Historical
Class: Military
Description: Part of the Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base and Fort Mears, U. S. Army National Historic Landmark
History: Amaknak Island is about five and a half miles long and varies in width from a few hundred yards to about one mile. In the north Mount Ballyhoo and Ulakta Head rise dramatically from the sea; Ulakta Head still contains World War II coastal defenses and some coast artillery quarters. To the south of Mount Ballyhoo lies the site of former Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base on relatively low but rolling terrain. Most of the World War II era constructions remain, although many are fast deteriorating and some are already ruins. Principle features include: the short (4,385-foot) Navy runway which serves the commercial airport today, airplane revetments (barricade against explosives) along the north side of the runway, magazines, aerology-operations building which later became an airline terminal, double hangar, bombproof power plant, two wharves, brick apartment house, a large number of occupied cottages (former naval quarters), torpedo storehouse and two hillside tunnels. South of the naval base is the original site of Fort Mears which was taken over by the Navy in 1944. Several of the Army barracks remain, but are in poor condition. Several concrete pillboxes and, on the hillsides, personnel trenches complete the landscape, although a former submarine base dock exists in "downtown" Amaknak, and Hill 400, at the south end of Amaknak, still contains reinforced defense structures and the hilltop holds gun emplacements and the ruins of a few quonset huts and frame buildings.
Borough: Aleutians West (CA) Borough
Latitude: 53.8866653442
Longitude: -166.533615112

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