Installation Info: Zip code: 78362, Area Code: 361, DSN: 776
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in February 1988, where the new Ingelside Naval Station would be built. By September 1990, construction was almost complete, so military and civilian personnel could leave their temporary quarters and move into permanent structures. The base was originally scheduled to homeport the USS Lexington, a training aircraft carrier, and the battleship USS Wisconsin, but those ships were decommissioned because of base realignment. In May 1991, the Navy announced plans for Ingelside to house Avenger Class mine countermeasure ships and Osprey Class coastal mine hunters. Construction of the base continued and Ingelside was eventually designated the Navy's "Mine Center of Excellence." By June 1992, Ingelside Naval Station was placed in full "operational" status. Currently the station is homeport to 12 Avenger Class mine countermeasure ships and 12 Coastal mine hunters. The naval station is named for a prominent South Texas man who was instrumental in bringing the base to the Coastal Bend area.
Most facilities, such as the commissary and temporary lodging, are available on Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, 18 miles from Ingelside. Private providers for childcare have been contracted with Ingelside NS. Medical and dental clinics are available for routine medical services.
Ingelside NS, in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas, is considered by many to be a recreational paradise. On base, there is a fitness center/gym, racquetball, tennis, pool, weights, sand volleyball, softball, marina, sailing, fishing and canoeing. There are also many state parks nearby, including Aransas National Park, winter home of the whooping crane; Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens; and Corpus Christi City Park. For great fishing, visit one of the 13 piers around town. Most are open 24 hours and offer free admission.