This web site was
designed upon the Naval Training Center San Diego commemorative
history book "Cradle of the Navy", published by
the Naval Training Center San Diego Morale, Welfare and
Recreation Department in 1997.
the time, only 500 copies were made and sold to the public.
There are no more copies available, as far as I know. This
website is in a constant stage of development as I find the time
to scan photos and transcribe information from the book, so
please check back often.
I was stationed at
NTC from 1993 through the disestablishment ceremony and base
closure in 1997. As the last base journalist and public affairs
officer, I worked hard on writing and designing the history book
for the base. I read dozens of newspaper articles from The
Hoist base newspaper, poured over hundreds of
photographs and interviewed numerous former Sailors from NTC, to
bring the book to light. Other sources used included historical
data obtained from the NTC base library, the Navy Historical
Center in Washington, D.C. and from the "Annontated
Bibliography of the History of the United States Naval Training
Center, San Diego, California" by Donald Raymond Craig
For the purpose of
continuity, Naval Training Center is referred to as NTC
throughout this site. The installation was a 'Naval Training
Station' from 1923 to 1944 when a Navy Department directive
changed the names of all Naval Training Stations to Naval
Training Centers with each tenant command (RTC, SSC and ADCOM)
under the cognizance of one Center Commander.
Every effort has been made to ensure information
in the book, as well as this webpage, is as accurate as
possible. If you see any mispellings, inaccurate information,
dates wrong, or something is just out of place, please let me
know and I'll correct the error promptly. Thank you.
--Mary E. Camacho, JOC(SW), USN
NTC Public Affairs Officer, 1995-1997