NBVC comprises more than 80 tenant commands and three warfare centers: the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, and the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center.
Some of the major tenants include:
COMMANDER, AIRBORNE COMMAND CONTROL AND LOGISTICS WING
The mission of the Commander, Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing can be summed up in six words on the wing’s website: “Support, Deliver, Sustain: See, Know, Direct.” It executes its mission by ensuring U.S. forces can dominate and control any situation while at sea and by providing logistics support for U.S. interests worldwide. The wing manages 10 E-2C squadrons, carrier-based twin turboprop aircraft with radar rotodomes atop, to supply early warnings and controls; two C-2A logistics squadrons that transport high-priority cargo, mail and passengers between aircraft carriers and bases ashore; a training FRS (Fleet Replacement Squadron); and Reserve squadrons.
These E-2C and C-2A squadrons operate off the flight deck of every U.S. carrier around the world, Naval Base Ventura County, Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan and Naval Reserve Base New Orleans.
Four of the E-2C squadrons are at Point Mugu, assigned to carrier air wings and nuclear aircraft carriers with the Pacific Fleet: VAW-112 is with the USS John C. Stennis; VAW-113 with the USS Ronald Reagan; VAW-116 with the USS Carl Vinson; and VAW-117 with the USS Nimitz.
30TH NAVAL CONSTRUCTION REGIMENT
The engineers of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30th NCR) provide command and control to combat-ready engineering forces as they are needed by combatant commanders (PACOM, or U.S. Pacific Command, and CENTCOM, or U.S. Central Command) or by naval component commanders. They also furnish planning and operational support for Seabee deployments. The 30th NCR manages the Pacific Fleet Seabees’ Tables of Allowance (equipment and supplies authorized for each mission) and civil engineer support equipment. In addition, the regiment routinely supports Naval Construction Force units stateside, on Guam, Okinawa and other locations throughout the Pacific, and units deployed in contingency operations around the world.
NAVAL CONSTRUCTION GROUP 1
Naval Construction Group 1 (NCG 1) has charge of homeport training for all Pacific Naval Construction Force units — including active and Reserve battalions, support units, regiments and Underwater Construction Team 2. It also has operational control of Pacific Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCBs) 3, 4 and 5 when they are in homeport, providing technical, military, disaster recovery, embarkation and special team training and conducting exercises to increase overall unit preparedness.
In addition, NCG 1 provides management assistance to homeported Seabee battalions and Reserve NMCBs and carries out personnel and material readiness evaluations, making sure all are prepared to deploy.
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER, PORT HUENEME DIVISION
Part of the Naval Sea Systems Command, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) was set up in 1963 to give overall technical support to the Navy’s new shipboard guided missiles. The unit’s initial goal was to provide such help onboard, but its assignments soon expanded far beyond guided missiles to include engineering work on new weapon and combat systems used by the fleet.
Its responsibilities have extended to broad-spectrum logistics support, seeing to it that the fleet has everything it needs for its weaponry from training manuals to spare parts to maintenance and repair, and that the ships can replenish their ammunition, supplies and fuel while at sea.
Three innovative facilities help NSWC PHD execute its mission. Its Surface Warfare Engineering Facility (SWEF), a land-based test site and laboratory, allows personnel to evaluate systems intended for the fleet. The remote-controlled Self Defense Test Ship, the Paul F. Foster (prior to decommission, a Spruance-level destroyer), is used to evaluate defensive weaponry without threat to life. Attacks are launched against a decoy barge being towed 150 feet behind the Foster, and the weapons system being tested responds to defend the vessel. NSWC PHD also oversees operations of the Mission Package Support Facility, which resupplies and tailors modular Mission Packages for Littoral Combat Vessels’ (LCVs) widely varying missions. LCVs are speedy ships that can be outfitted — or re-outfitted — with modules that can be switched in and out within 72 hours. Workers at the Mission Package Support Facility make sure that each Mission Package has been tested, properly configured and is ready for use before it’s installed.
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER, WEAPONS DIVISION
The Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD), lies within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), and its focus is on developing weapons for the Department of the Navy. Its land test range at China Lake, California, has 19,600 square miles of restricted and controlled airspace, covers 1.1 million acres and is the Navy’s largest single landholding; its sea test range at Point Mugu, formerly the Pacific Missile Test System, has a respected history of missile development, including the Phoenix air-to-air missile, the Sparrow surface-to-air missile and the Regulus surface-to-surface missile. Its 36,000-square-mile sea test range, the largest in the nation, makes possible long-range missile testing without other aircraft encroaching.
The VX-30 test squadron, a weapons test squadron nicknamed “The Bloodhounds,” is under NAWCWD. It helps research, develop, test and evaluate manned and unmanned fixed and rotary wing aircraft and weapons systems and also supports the sea test range.
A few high-tech areas under exploration at NAWCWD are airborne electronic attack, aircraft survivability, counter-improvised explosive devices, directed energy, robotics, energetics and battlespace integration.
NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING AND EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE CENTER (NAVFAC EXWC)
More than 1,200 men and women at the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center dedicate themselves to specialized facilities engineering, solving technology problems and managing expeditionary equipment for the Navy, Marine Corps, federal agencies and other commands supported by the Defense Department.
In September 2012, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Warfare Center consolidated its Engineering Service Center, its Expeditionary Logistics Center, its Specialty Center Acquisitions and its Information Technology Center into the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC).
The center remains part of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, a global military command with headquarters and component commands that work as a team to provide facilities engineering, contingency engineering and expeditionary support.
NAVFAC gives Systems Command (SYSCOM) support to warfare and provider enterprises, takes the lead in SYSCOM for the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and supports warfighters in the areas of contingency engineering, expeditionary operations, sealift support programs and ocean facilities.
NAVAL FACILITIES INSTITUTE
The Naval Facilities Institute, a detachment of Headquarters, NAVFAC, serves the command’s civilian and military members by making acquisition policies known and providing guidance, with acquisitions training and professional development through community management and curricula development for the Naval Construction Forces.
For more information, visit www.navfac.navy.mil.
FLEET READINESS CENTER, SOUTHWEST DETACHMENT POINT MUGU
The Fleet Readiness Center, Southwest Detachment Point Mugu overhauls, repairs and modifies Navy and Marine Corps aircraft and their components to support the nation’s aviation warfighters.
The command has repaired and returned E-2 Hawkeyes, P-3 Orions, C-130 Hercules and Missile Targets drone aircraft to the fleet.
NAVAL SATELLITE OPERATIONS CENTER
The Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC), established April 10, 1962, is one of the nation’s first space-related military commands and has been operating spacecraft from its headquarters at Point Mugu for more than 50 years. It provides efficient, low-cost, reliable support to crucial Navy and Department of Defense satellite systems to benefit the joint warfighter and continues to invest in cutting-edge satellite operations technology and concepts.
In addition to its Point Mugu headquarters, NAVSOC operates three remote tracking, telemetry and commanding (TT&C) facilities and a second Satellite Operations Center, one of them at NBVC on Laguna Peak, 5 miles southeast of Port Hueneme. The Laguna Peak site, 3 miles from NAVSOC headquarters, supports Space/Ground Link System satellite TT&C operations.
NAVY RESERVE AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD
More than 1,600 Navy Reservists and 1,200 Air National Guard members train on or near Point Mugu. Most of the Navy Reservists are assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 55, which flies facilities, equipment, spares, technical information and trained personnel aboard big C-130 turboprops to Navy forces deployed worldwide. The 146th Airlift Wing, the Air National Guard unit stationed at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, also flies combat personnel and cargo in C-130 Hercules aircraft. The Reserve Training Center supports Reserve units at both Point Mugu and China Lake.
NAVY AND MARINE CORPS RESERVE TRAINING
Nearly 800 Navy and Marine Corps reservists are assigned to units that train at Port Hueneme. The Sailors are attached to 25 active-duty Navy units homeported at the installation; the Marines are an independent weapons company unit. The units are able to deploy together if mobilized.
TECHNICAL TRAINING SCHOOLS
Several technical training school programs conducted at Port Hueneme bring nearly 20,000 students to Naval Base Ventura County every year. Participants from around the globe include active-duty officers, enlisted members and DOD civilians.
The programs include construction courses for Seabees, civil engineering officers, facility engineers and environmental professions; an Engineering Duty Officer School; training for active-duty and civilian members of the defense acquisition workforce; and an automotive technical training school for members of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.
CENTER FOR SEABEES AND FACILITIES ENGINEERING
The Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering was set up in 2003 to give Navy construction and facilities engineers the know-how and skills to advance their careers and improve fleet readiness. The center serves as headquarters for subordinate commands including the Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School and the Naval Construction Training Center Port Hueneme.
NAVAL OPERATIONAL SUPPORT CENTER
The Naval Operational Support Center, Port Hueneme, provides mobilization and administration support for more than 650 drilling reservists in 25 diverse units, from naval construction battalions and support units, naval hospital support, assault craft units and cargo-handling battalions to underwater construction and personnel mobilization teams, and region- and area-specific naval forces.
The Support Center is across the street from Building 1000 on 23rd Avenue. For additional information, call 805-982-6106. The Support Center is open Monday through Friday and two weekends each month.
The Naval Reserve Recruiting Station is in Building 1491 and provides information for those interested in joining the Naval Reserves. Call 805-982-4204.
MARINE CORPS RESERVE TRAINING CENTER
The Marine Corps Reserve Training Center at Port Hueneme is home to Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, a small cadre of active-duty Marines and approximately 143 reservists. Weapons Company provides medium mortar, anti-armor, heavy machine gun and fire support coordination to battalion maneuvers in offensive and defensive combat.