Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg

Coordinates: 40°12′34″N 76°50′15″W / 40.20944°N 76.83750°W / 40.20944; -76.83750
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Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg
Part of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg is located in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg is located in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
NSA Mechanicsburg
Location of Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg
Coordinates40°13′42″N 76°59′30″W / 40.2284216°N 76.9917456°W / 40.2284216; -76.9917456
TypeSupply depot
Area806 acres (1.259 sq mi)
Site information
Owner United States
Controlled by United States Navy
Sister installationsNaval Support Activity Philadelphia
Site history
Built1942 (1942)
In useActive
Garrison information
CAPT Johnetta Thomas, SC, USN

Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg is an 806 acres (1.259 sq mi) naval supply depot just outside of Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Largely industrial, and home to over 150 warehouses containing 8,800,000 square feet (820,000 m2) of storage space[1] and other buildings, it is the headquarters of the Naval Supply Systems Command. It is also the parent installation of Naval Support Activity Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Navy Yard Annex, which share the same commanding officer.


By the early 1940s, with the United States engaged in World War II, it became clear that the Navy needed inland supply depots. With the advent of the “Five Ocean” Navy, overcrowded coastal Navy facilities were in need of relief. The Mechanicsburg area was one of five locations chosen for new depots. Close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the railroad yards at Enola, the bucolic Pennsylvania countryside offered an ideal location.

The establishment of the Naval Supply Depot (NSD), Mechanicsburg, Pa. was authorized with the passing of Public Law No. 353 by the 77th Congress, December 17, 1941. The base was commissioned on October 1, 1942. The Ship's Parts Control Center (SPCC) was commissioned as a tenant activity of the Naval Supply Depot on July 16, 1945. SPCC spun off the Naval Supply Depot in 1953 and became a full-fledged activity with its own commanding officer.

The next major change occurred July 1972, when the Naval Supply Depot merged with the Navy Ships Parts Control Center. With 2,800 military and civilian employees, including 600 who were transferred from NSD, SPCC was the largest activity at Mechanicsburg.

The 1990s witnessed some reorganization, as SPCC merged with the Aviation Support Office in Philadelphia to form the Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP).

In July 1996, the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Headquarters moved into Mechanicsburg from its leased facilities in Crystal City, Virginia. This move brought the status of a Supply Corps rear admiral upper half and an influx of new faces to the base. The headquarters activity was now physically aligned with two of NAVSUP's activities: NAVICP and the Fleet Material Support Office (FMSO).

In the late 1990s, the management of the base turned over to Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia, and the host command, the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mechanicsburg, with detachments in Northeast Philadelphia and at the Navy Yard Annex in Philadelphia, was formally stood up. The base was renamed Naval Support Activity, with NAVSUP, NAVICP and the Navy Supply Information Systems Activity (NAVSISA), formerly FMSO, as primary tenants.

Tenant commands[edit]

NSA Mechanicsburg now serves approximately 4,600 civilian, military and industry partners assigned to over 40 tenant activities or commands. Outside of the NAVSUP headquarters, the other three largest commands on the installation actually direct subordinates of NAVSUP—the Weapons Systems Support (formerly NAVICP) command and the Business Systems Center (formerly NAVSISA). Other commands located on the base include the several Defense Logistics Agency commands, the NAVSEA Logistics Center, and the United States Army Reserve's 382nd Engineer Company.[2]

Overall, NAVSUP personnel make up approximately 54% of the installation's population.


  1. ^ Commander, Naval Installations Command. "Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg". Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg Naval Support Activity Philadelphia, Philadelphia Naval Yard Annex 2016-2017 Base Guide. Marcoa Publishing, Inc. 2016. p. 3.

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