Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Indian Island’s mission is to provide ordnance logistics support to the Pacific Fleet and the joint services in peace and war. In 1941, the Navy commissioned the Naval Magazine and Net Depot on Indian Island, and used the organization for the storage of Navy munitions and assembly of mines and submarine nets. The island was placed in a reduced activity status in 1959, and then reactivated in 1979 when munitions storage and handling facilities at Bangor were moved to Indian Island.
NAVMAG comprises the entirety of the 2,716-acre Indian Island located on the northeast corner of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. Residents live on nearby Marrowstone Island, to the east, and in Port Townsend, which is north-northwest of the site. Port Townsend is the largest population center near the island. NAVMAG Indian Island is approximately 7 square miles, and contains a wealth of cultural and natural resources. There are several Native American sites on the island, as well as historically significant pioneer homestead sites and WW II era buildings.
After the Persian Gulf War, NAVMAG was selected as one of two West Coast ports to be upgraded for the efficient trans-shipment of containerized ammunition in the event of mobilization. Several infrastructure improvements were made including construction of a rail to truck transfer facility at Submarine Base Bangor and installation of the Department of Defense’s largest crane at the Indian Island ammunition pier in 2000.
By 2000, NAVMAG had become the Pacific’s joint ordnance mobilization command, supporting numerous joint exercises designed to test and validate the mobilization of ordnance to the Pacific Theater of operations. At the same time, a significant part of NAVMAG’s - and the Navy’s - mission and vision has been to incorporate and develop best practices of environmental stewardship and sustainability.