In response to demands of the Korean War, a new VU-1 was established at
Barbers Point on 20 July 1951. VU-1 provided training and support for fleet
units in the 14th Naval District. The history of VU-1 will be forever and
integral part of the history of Barbers Point Naval Air Station. Closed in 1999,
a short history Barbers Point Naval Air Station needs to and deserves to be
included in the history of Utility Squadron One.
construction and expansion was under way when the Japanese attacked Pearl
Harbor on Dec, 7, 1941. Nine of the air station's 11 Wildcats were left in
shambles by Japanese fighters. Nineteen of 32 scout bombers and six utility aircraft were
partially completed, Barbers Point Naval Air Station was commissioned April
15, 1942. The air station is named after Capt. Henry Barber, whose 100-foot
brig Arthur ran aground in 1796 near a tract of land on the southwestern point
of Oahu known by the Hawaiians as Kalaeloa, or "long cape or
Barbers Point Naval Air Station (NAS) is located on the island of Oahu, 13miles west of Honolulu, Hawaii. The main base encompasses approximately 3,700 acres on the leeward coast of Oahu. Aviation activities began at Barbers Point in the 1930's. Originally, an emergency landing field, with the added requirements from World War II (WWII), it quickly grew and NAS Barbers Point was completed in 1943.
Miscellaneous Base Photos
Barbers Point facility has long, colorful history
Barbers Point Naval Air Station, an important element of Hawaii's military community, will close after 57 years of service (June 6, 1999). However, the area has a long and colorful history:
Oct. 31, 1796: Henry Barber, British sea captain, shipwrecks his 100-foot brig Arthur at Kalaeloa. In the 1930s, the Navy leases 3,000 square foot parcel from Campbell Estate to moor its dirigible, Akron. Campbell's land purchases included 41,000 acres of dry, barren Ewa land which he bought in 1877 for $95,000. Many critics scoffed at the doubtful value of his purchase. But Campbell envisioned supplying the arid area with water and commissioned California well-driller James Ashley to drill a well on his Ewa ranch. In 1879, Ashley drilled Hawaii's first artesian well. James Campbell's vision had made it possible for Hawaii's people to grow sugar cane on the drylands of the Ewa Plain. The well also uncovered a vast pure water reserve that to this day provides the Pearl Harbor and Honolulu areas with water. The site of the well is marked by a stone monument and plaque on Fort Weaver Road, across West Loch Fairways.
The Navy purchases 3,500 acres from Campbell Estate for the Ewa Marine Corps Air
7, 1941: The Japanese attack Oahu and destroy 9 of 11 Wildcats, 19 of 32 Scout
bombers and six utility aircraft at the Ewa Marine Corps Air Station.
15, 1942: The Navy commissions Barbers Point Naval Air Station.
Ewa Marine Corps Air Station was incorporated into Barbers Point NAS.
The Base Closure and Realignment Commission decides to close the base.
1, 1997: The Legislature establishes 2,150 acres as the Kalaeloa Community
31, 1998: State and federal governments agree to transfer 500 acres to
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
16, 1999: The first squadron -- Helicopter AntiSubmarine Squadron 37 -- moves to
Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. It is the Navy's only helicopter
squadron in Hawaii.
June 6, 1999: The last squadron -- Patrol Squadron 47 -- leaves Barbers Point.
BARBER'S POINT NAS DISESTABLISHMENT
July 1, 1999: Military gates to close.
photos Fleet Imaging Command Pacific (02SEP99)
after 57 years
1st Class Association awards a flag that was flown over NAS Barbers Point.
The last P3 Orions leave NAS Barbers Point
all the states, Hawaii has one of the biggest military populations. A number of
large, permanent military bases of strategic importance are located here: Pearl
Harbor Naval Base, Schofield Army Barracks, Hickam Air Force Base, Barbers Point
Naval Air Station (now Kalaeloa
, Camp H.M. Smith, Wheeler Air Force Base, Fort Shafter, Marine Corps Air
Station Kaneohe Bay, and U.S. Coast Guard facilities at Sand Island. Active duty
military population stands at about 36,400, with an additional 42,000 family
members. There are an estimated 13,000 military retirees living in Hawaii.
Point Naval Air Station - 2000
Various groups now occupy the Barbers Point station, which includes 3,700
acres and three runways. Current tenants are the Fleet Maritime Patrol Air
Patrol, antisubmarine warfare squadrons, Coast Guard, Hawaii Air National Guard
and Navy housing (1,090 units).
Oahu temperature and time!