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A Brief Chronology of Navy Lakehurst

- 1915-1917 Ammunition proving ground for the Russian Imperial Government.

- 1917-1921 Acquired by U.S. Army as an ammunition proving ground. Named Camp Kendrick.

- 1921 Commissioned as a Naval Air Station (NAS) Lakehurst. Captain Frank Taylor Evans is the first Commanding Officer.

- 1921 Construction of Hangar One, now a registered historical landmark, is completed.

- 1921-1961 The nation's (and, perhaps, the world's) Lighter Than Air (LTA) Center. In 1961, the Navy's LTA program was terminated.

- 1937 Hindenburg crashes at Lakehurst.

- 1951 The Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC), now called Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), is established.

- 1958 The Naval Air Test Facility (NATF) was established.

- 1965-1973 Antisubmarine helicopter squadrons become part of the station's mission.

- 1973 The Naval Air Engineering Center (NAEC) is relocated to Lakehurst from Philadelphia.

- 1977 NAS and NATF are disestablished and merged into NAEC.

- 1992 The Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) is established. NAEC becomes the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst (NAWCADLKE) under the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

- 1994 NAWCADLKE becomes the Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) for shore station management and the Aircraft Platform Interface (API) Group for technical mission support.

- 1994 NAWCADLKE and the rest of the Aircraft Division reorganize into a Competency Aligned Organization.

- 1997 The Aircraft Division and Weapons Division are integrated into the NAVAIR Team's Competency Aligned Organization.

- 2003 NAES is realigned under Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC), Region Northeast.

- 2006 NAES is again realigned under CNIC, Region Mid-Atlantic.

- 2009 Lakehurst becomes part of the first tri-service joint base – Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) under the administrative management of the Air Force. NAVAIR continues its Navy mission at the base.

- 2010 NAVAIR Lakehurst launches the first aircraft, an F/A-18E from the Electromagnetic Launch System (EMALS).

- 2016 Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) completes a first-of-its-kind recovery of an F/A-18E Super Hornet at the Runway Arrested Landing Site in Lakehurst, NJ, Oct. 13, 2016.

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