In September 1542, Portuguese sailor Juan Cabrillo landed in what is now Ballast Point, marking it with a Spanish flag and calling it San Miguel Bay. Then in 1602 Sebastian Vizcaino, visited the bay and renamed it San Diego, in honor of Saint Diego d'Alcala, a Franciscan lay brother. Vizcaino recorded Ballast Point as the site of the first Roman Catholic Mass to be celebrated in what is now the state of California. Almost three centuries later the Army established Fort Rosecrans in 1898 as a coastal defense battery. The fort became a training center during WWI and WWII. The Navy received Fort Rosecrans in 1959, and by 1963 had established the Navy Submarine Support Facility. The Navy reclassified it as a shore command in 1974 and renamed it San Diego Naval Submarine Base in 1981.
The 330-acre complex is on the tip of Ballast Point on Point Loma Peninsula. Point Loma in Southern California, with its moderate climate, is the perfect location for all outdoor activities. In or around the San Diego area there are many choices for recreational fun. The Coronado Naval Air Base Marina, 15 miles away, is great for water sports, fishing or relaxing. San Diego Wild Animal Park is a 1,800-acre wildlife and conservation park of world renown. In nearby Chula Vista is San Diego's newest attraction, Whitewater Canyon, a water-park with 16 slides and a giant wave pool.