Naval Station New York
|Naval Station New York|
|Staten Island, New York|
|Type||U.S. naval station|
Opened in the 1980s, it was to be part of the Reagan administration's Strategic Homeport program. The station had two sections: a Strategic Homeport in Stapleton and a larger section near Fort Wadsworth, where the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge enters the island. Comprising about 266 acres with some 280,000 square feet of office space, the naval station was home to NAVRESSO, the Navy Resale and Services Support Office, commanded by Admiral Squibb. NAVRESSO later moved to Norfolk, Virginia.
A pier was built to accommodate the warships of a surface action group. The pier was named for the Sullivan brothers but came to be known more colloquially as The Homeport. Ships that called the pier home included the frigates USS Donald B. Beary FF 1085 and USS Ainsworth FF 1090 and at least one cruiser, the USS Normandy (CG-60). The base was to be the homeport of the battleship USS Iowa until an explosion in one of the ship's turrets led to the ship's decommissioning.
Naval Station New York was recommended for closure under the 1988 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, as it was deemed too small, too expensive to house personnel, and made unnecessary with cuts to the Navy. It was closed in 1994. The historic section of the base was turned over to the Department of the Interior and administered as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area and is also used by the Navy & Coast Guard during New York City's annual Fleet Week celebrations to dock ships at.
The property is being converted into a mixed-use waterfront neighborhood called Stapleton Homeport. Ground was broken for the long-delayed project on June 20, 2013. New barracks for the fire boat Fire Fighter II opened on the pier in 2012.