Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach announced the results of a recently completed economic impact and community involvement study Thursday, Dec. 6.
The study, which included both the naval weapons station and the nearby Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro base, indicates that the facilities contribute a combined $716 million to the area’s economy and support over 3,000 jobs. Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach was directly responsible for over $168 million of this total.
Based on the latest available data from Fiscal Year 2017, the study details annual economic benefits to the community from the bases, including over $664 million in industrial output, $52 million in direct payroll expenditures, and nearly $23 million in local and state tax revenues.
The study finds that visiting personnel from Navy ships, reserve units, and a base recreational vehicle park alone generate $7 million in yearly income for local shops, restaurants, and transportation services.
Benefits to the community go well beyond dollar figures. The naval weapons station protects the only national wildlife refuge in the Los Angeles/Orange County basin, and the base fire department, under a mutual aid agreement with Orange County, routinely responds to civilian emergencies off the installation.
The Seal Beach base was also designated as winner of the 2017 Navy Region Southwest Installation Excellence Award for Small Installations, and was hailed as the best small Navy base in the southwestern United States.
The report is available online at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/sealbeach/index.htm.