NAVMAG consists of 2,716-acres on Indian Island located in the northeast corner of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. Naval Magazine Indian Island’s mission is to give ordnance logistics support to the Pacific Fleet and the joint services in peace and war. NAVMAG Indian Island is 7 square miles, and contains many cultural and natural resources. There are several Native American sites on the island, including historically significant pioneer homestead sites and WW II era buildings.
Back in 1941, the Naval Magazine and Net depot were ordered on Indian Islands and were used as storage for Navy munitions, assembly of mines, and submarine nets. The island was placed in reduced activity from 1959 to 1979 when arsenal storage and handling facilities from Bangor were moved to the island. After the early 1990’s, NAVMAG was picked to get updated for the efficient trans-shipment of containerized ammunition in the event of mobilization. Getting into the 2000’s, 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. Since then, the Navy’s and NAVMAG’s mission of incorporating and developing practices of the environmental stewardship and sustainability have been in motion.
Navy Exchange: There is a small exchange located in Building 69. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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.