Seal Beach Again Picked as Best Small Navy Installation in the Southwest

Story Number: NNS171120-19Release Date: 11/20/2017 12:16:00 PM
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By Gregg Smith, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (NNS) -- For the second year in a row, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach has been selected as the winner of the Commander, Navy Region Southwest Installation Excellence Award for Small Installations.

The award recognizes bases for superior support to the fleet, cost savings, and innovative improvements to facilities, quality of life, safety, and environmental sustainability.

It was the third time in six years that the weapons station and its two detachments in Fallbrook and Norco, California. had been honored with a southwest installation excellence award win. In 2012 and 2016 the base went on to win the award for the best small installation throughout the Navy.

In recent years base personnel have led efforts to curb the use of energy and water, build a new ammunition pier, upgrade the gym and sports fields, and improve the safety and security of base operations.

"Two years in a row is a remarkable accomplishment given the extremely stiff competition at other regional Navy bases," said weapons station Commanding Officer Capt. Noel Dahlke. "I'm continually amazed by the professionalism and hard-charging attitude shown by all of our Sailors and civilians here."

The weapons station will next represent the Southwest region for recognition as the best small installation Navy-wide. That competition is scheduled to be decided by January 2018.

Commencing operations in 1944 as a Naval Ammunition and Net Depot, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach provides munitions to a majority of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

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