Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton

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Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton
Part of United States Navy
Ewing, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States
2015-04-12 14 34 33 Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton viewed from Parkway Avenue in Ewing, New Jersey.jpg
As of 2015, Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton still appeared nearly untouched by time, 18 years after closing in 1997
Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton is located in New Jersey
Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton
Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton
Location within the state of New Jersey
Coordinates40°16′06″N 74°48′47″W / 40.26833°N 74.81306°W / 40.26833; -74.81306
TypeNaval Air Warfare Center
Site information
Controlled byNavy
Site history
In use1953–1997

Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton is the former site of United States Navy facility in the West Trenton section of Ewing Township, New Jersey, just outside the city of Trenton. Opened during the final year of the Korean War in 1953, the center encompassed 528 acres (214 ha) on Parkway Avenue in Ewing, directly adjacent to the Trenton–Mercer Airport.[1] It was used as a jet engine test facility for the US Navy until its closure per recommendations of the 1993 Base Closure and Realignment Commission, due to Navy decision making under President George H. W. Bush.[1] Nearly 700 civilian positions were lost, most of which were relocated to other facilities in Maryland and Tennessee.[2] The base's Marine operations were transferred to Fort Dix, which has since become Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.[3] HomeFront, a charity to end homelessness, acquired the base at no cost in October 2013 in a process involving the United States Department of Defense, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mercer County and Ewing Township.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Former Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton, United States Navy. Accessed October 28, 2014. "The former Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) Trenton is located in Ewing Township, New Jersey."
  2. ^ Staff. "Base-Closing Panel Wraps Up Five Days of Voting", The New York Times, June 28, 1993. Accessed October 11, 2013. "Under the panel's plan for the Ewing unit, the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, would be divided between the Arnold Engineering Center in Tullahoma, Tenn., and the Naval Air Warfare Center at Patuxent River, Md.... Officials were unclear how many people would lose their jobs because of the closing. The Ewing base employs 680 civilians and seven military workers, of whom 157 engineers and other high-level personnel are already awaiting transfer to Patuxent River as part of a 1991 base-closing decision."
  3. ^ a b McGrath, Brendan. "HomeFront charity to take over Marine Reserve Center in Ewing", The Times (Trenton), June 16, 2014. Accessed October 28, 2014. "HomeFront, the charity dedicated to ending homelessness in the Mercer region, will soon begin construction on its new headquarters as it takes over the decommissioned Marine Reserve Center in Ewing.... The Marine operations at the base were transferred to Fort Dix, which has since become Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst."