Swinger Bay was selected as a site for an amphibious training centre in 1943 during World War II, which relocated from HMAS Assault, Port Stephens, Australia. Construction started in late 1943 by a detachment of the 91st Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees), whose main element had arrived 21 October 1943 from Port Hueneme, California in Sea Witch. The detachment built facilities, on a site noted as being high and relatively dry, for about 800 men and 30 officers that included storage, shops, housing, roads, water and electrical systems and a 350 feet (106.7 m) jetty to water of 12 feet (3.7 m) depth. The 91st was relieved by 105th Naval Construction Battalion in January 1944.
The amphibious training centre consisted of housing for 1,500 men in quonset huts and developed 2,000 feet (610 m) of waterfront for training purposes.
- "Stringer" is the "approved" U.S. name with "Swinger" the "variant in the official National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Geonames Search results. U.S. military records and histories of the war period use "Stringer" instead of "Swinger" for the bay.
- 91st Naval Construction Battalion, 91st Naval Construction Battalion—Historical Information (PDF), Washington, D.C.: Naval History And Heritage Command
- Rottman, Gordon L. (2001). World War II Pacific Island Guide: A Geo-Military Study. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-31395-4.
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