Talk:Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake

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This base has changed names several times, is there anybody who would be able to provide some information about previous names and the circumstances of the name changes? For example, in the early 80's, it was known as "Naval Warfare Center" (NWC), which was later changed to "Naval Air Warfare Center" (NAWC), and possibly changed yet again before reaching the current name of "Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake" --Compenguy (talk) 16:46, 23 December 2007 (UTC)

Can we get an explanation for the "China Lake Way" reference? And an origin for the Armitage Field name? --Aconnelly 19:37, 27 July 2005 (UTC)

  • I second that notion. What is the "China Lake Way" and why does it chagrin the pentagon? Much to my chagrin, A quick google search turned up nothing. --Ryan Gardner 05:15, 29 September 2005 (UTC)
  • This may be a reference to China Lake's history of going their own way with unfunded or underfunded projects that undercut and outperform pentagon pet projects. An example of this would be the Sidewinder missile replacing the Air Force's AIM-4 Falcon. A reference tying the two together ("China Lake Way" and the Sidewinder Missile) appears in Volume 3 of China Lake History, http://www.nawcwpns.navy.mil/clmf/v3.html. Also, the Maturango Museum website, a museum serving the civilian population surrounding the base, references a book, "Sidewinder: Creative Missile Design at China Lake" that "explores the fascinating personalities and working styles that made up what we now know as the China Lake Way." --Compenguy 14:55, 15 March 2007 (UTC)::
The China Lake way was designed so both military and civilian workers would live and work together and cooperate with research and development. In the early days, both lived side-by-side in base housing and it was not unheard of for China Lake personnel to literally eat dinner and run back to the lab when they had an inspiration. There was a true sense of community. This existed up until the early 1980s when the civilian workers were "encouraged" to move out of base housing and "out in town". Today, all civilians live in Ridgecrest while the military have the option of living in base housing or out in town. As to the name changes: China Lake started out in Inyokern and the base later moved to its current location. The base was originally referred to as Naval Ordinance Test Station (NOTS) and later became Naval Weapons Center. After that the names changed on a regular basis. Try reading the Grand Experiment at Inyokern by Gerrard-Gough and Albert Christman. This is one of the best books concerning China Lake. Quill and Pen (talk) 23:43, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

I believe the term also refers to the military/civilian aspect and the co-operative spirit developed by Dr. LTE Thompson as the first civilian director with his naval counterpart.--Vumba 18:37, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

This reads as if it were written by a base PR person in a few minutes of spare time. To be complete it needs: 1. List of enabling legislation for the land withdrawal (the land withdrawal currently is enabled by the California Military Lands Withdrawal and Overflights Act of 1994 which expires this year, but a complete article needs the complete legislative history back to 1943), 2. a map showing the location of the base and its exact borders (the map referenced in the CMLWOA would be ideal), 3. a discussion of conflicts between the base and environmental organizations and other US government departments such as the National Park Service (which has an ongoing dispute with the DoD over the eastern boundary between Death Valley National Park and NAWSCL) and the WIldlife and Fisheries Agency (which has an ongoing dispute with the DoD over endangered desert tortoises and Mojave chub), as well as the opposition of the BLM to a proposed expansion of the base which, the BLM says, would adversely affect recreational hikers and desert wildlife. Further discussion of the (publicly disclosed) operations and missions done at the base would also be useful, as would a discussion of the cultural and environmental resources within the base boundary such as the famed petroglyphs that the Maturango Museum has arranged tours with the base to visit occasionally, and Coso Hot Springs, once a tourist resort and now a geothermal electric production facility. Maybe I will start adding some of this to the article, but that depends on time to dig up the actual source material such as the map referenced in the CMLWOA. Badtux (talk) 01:40, 1 December 2014 (UTC)

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