Naval Magazine, Indian Island

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Naval Magazine, Indian Island

Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Indian Island’s strategic 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 operating status in 1959 and then reactivated in 1979 when munitions storage and handling facilities at Bangor were moved to Indian Island.

NAVMAG comprises the entire 2,716-acre Indian Island on the northeast corner of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. Residents live on nearby Marrowstone Island to the east and in Port Townsend, north-northwest of the site, 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 World War II-era buildings.

After the Persian Gulf War, NAVMAG was selected as one of two West Coast ports to be upgraded for the efficient transshipment of containerized ammunition for surge requirements. Several infrastructure improvements were made, including construction of a rail-to-truck transfer facility in Bangor on Naval Base Kitsap and installation of the Department of Defense’s largest crane at the Indian Island ammunition pier in 2000.

In 1999, the 40-ton container crane was delivered and certified for the ammunition pier. The crane, or “Big Blue” as it is commonly referred to, is a noticeable structure for miles around the Indian Island/Port Hadlock area. Reaching into the sky from the island’s ammunition pier, it serves as a proud reminder of the superior ordnance-handling capabilities of Naval Magazine Indian Island. It is capable of lifting
89,600 pounds.

By 2000, NAVMAG had become the Pacific’s ordnance strategic port of embarkation, supporting numerous joint exercises designed to test and validate ordnance surge capability 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 the best practices of environmental stewardship and sustainability.


Navy Exchange: There is a small exchange located in Building 69. The hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Shell Fishing

Location: Only Beach 8 is authorized for recreational shellfish harvest.

Facility: Beach 8 has adequate unpaved access roads.

Note for saltwater and freshwater fishing: Appropriate Washington state fishing/shellfish licensing is required, and all state regulations for season size and catch limits and authorized gear must be followed. In addition, any holes dug in the beach must be refilled after finishing shellfish harvesting.

Fitness Center

Location: Ground floor of Building 151, the Gymnasium.

Facility: Modern fitness center with aerobic and anaerobic exercise machines, male and female head and shower facilities, and coed sauna.

Smoking: Prohibited in vehicles everywhere on station. Otherwise authorized within the Industrial area (roadside signs indicate when so authorized) and within the Magazine areas only in specifically approved smoke shelters at the Ammunition Pier and near production facilities. Smoking is never authorized during any activity within the Magazine areas.

Naval Magazine Indian Island Vehicle Inspections

Personnel who are inspected will be directed out of their vehicles and separated from the vehicle while inspection is conducted. All weapons must be declared. No cameras will be allowed on NAVMAG without a camera pass.

Naval Magazine Indian Island Visitor Procedures

Visitors must send a fax or an email to a representative of CNRNW or NAVMAG at least two working days prior to visit. The required information is full name, dates of visit, date of birth, country of citizenship and driver’s license number. Visitors will be inspected and must have proof of insurance, registration and driver’s license. You must have prior approval before visiting Indian Island.

Naval Magazine Indian Island Access Requirements

Security at NAVMAG is strict. Personnel arriving to NAVMAG with only a vehicle decal, military ID or Common Access Card will not be allowed access and will be turned away. Personnel will not be granted access for more than 30 days without a CNRNW badge. A CNRNW badge is the most efficient access media.