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Overseas - Naval Air Stations



Naval Air Station: Argentia, Newfoundland


The 20th Century began with the United States assuming a role as a global power for the first time, with that role confirmed and expanded through two world wars. The need to project naval power came with this role, and in turn a requirement for extensive shore establishments to support a global fleet presence. During the 20th Century, the US Navy ran more than 500 different shore establishments, half of them overseas, for at least some period of time. These ranged in size and longevity from major bases such as San Diego and Norfolk, which have long boasted a large naval presence, to temporary bases in the Pacific and the Mediterranean in World War II, and Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Conflict.



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