Joint Base MDL (NAES Lakehurst) FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 08733, Area Code: 732, DSN: 624

Lakehurst, N.J. is home to the Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) Lakehurst. A mere 60 miles east of Philadelphia, 70 miles south of the "Big Apple," and 45 miles north of Atlantic City, Lakehurst is home to a military facility with its roots dating from 1915. The Navy's involvement in this facility began in 1921 when it was commissioned as a Naval Air Station. Lakehurst NAS however, will forever be ingrained as a lasting image of the 20th century when the German dirigible Hindenburg burst into flames and crashed on the base in 1937.

The facility and its workforce are part of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. Lakehurst is the Navy's engineering support activity for Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) and Naval Aviation Support Equipment (SE), and is responsible for maintaining fleet support and infusing modern technology across the entire spectrum of equipment needed to launch, land and maintain aircraft from ships at sea.

With a work force of approximately 3,500 personnel, Lakehurst includes about 200 active-duty military personnel, ranking it among the top 60 employers in the state of New Jersey.

Situated in Ocean County, Lakehurst has many amenities available for your every need and whim, many of which are a short drive away. From water sports, golfing, fishing, shopping, camping, and biking to the thrills of Six Flags Great adventure and Atlantic City, this region practically has it all.