Naval Station New York
|Naval Station New York|
|Staten Island, New York|
|Type||U.S. naval station|
Opened in the 1980s, it was part of the Reagan administration's Strategic Homeport program. The station had two sections: a Strategic Homeport in Stapleton where ships docked, and a larger section occupying Fort Wadsworth, where administrative offices and bachelor and family housing were located. Comprising about 266 acres with some 280,000 square feet of office space, the naval station was also 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 later named for the Sullivan brothers. Ships that called the pier home included the frigates USS Donald B. Beary (FF 1085), USS Ainsworth (FF 1090), and USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) 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. The area is still known colloquially as The Homeport.
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. Fort Wadsworth was turned over to the Department of the Interior in 1995 and is administered as part of Gateway National Recreation Area. The Stapleton pier area was turned over to the City of New York. The area around the pier is being converted into a mixed-use waterfront neighborhood called Stapleton Homeport. Ground was broken for the long-delayed project on June 20, 2013. A new station for the fire boat Fire Fighter II opened on the pier in 2012, and the pier is also still used by the Navy during New York City's annual Fleet Week celebrations.