Maine Military Bases
Maine is a scenic state in the North eastern corner of the United States. Maine is known for its great seafood and beautiful rocky coastline. Below is a list of military bases in Maine
Map of Military Bases in Maine
On the outer border of the Great North Woods is the island community of Old Town, Maine, which has authentic Native American roots. Now, Deepwoods Training Center of the Army National Guard is located here on about 711,000 acres. It has one demolition range here, and the total replacement value of the base is about $48.6 million.
MTA Riley-Bog Brook
This joint base is located in Oxford County. Bog Brook is owned by the National Forest Service and Riley is controlled by the state. Together, these installations occupy almost 60,000 acres of mostly mountainous and forested terrain. On the site, there are two helicopter pads, and the training center includes a rappelling tower, a confidence course, a gas chamber, and an orienteering and land navigation course.
This base is located in Aroostock County, Maine, about 16 miles away from the city of Caribou. It sits on about 859 acres of land that is made up of forested, rolling hills. There are 5 ranges available for training here, including those for rifle, pistol, M203, LAW M72, and M31 FA Trainer. Since this base is located just north of Loring AFB, it must coordinate activities with that facility.
TS Hollis Plains
This military base is controlled by the state and is located in York County, Maine. It occupies 540 acres. For the most part, the land there is relatively flat with some swampy areas, and it has sandy soil. Interestingly, this base sits on a state game preserve, so during certain periods of time, firearms are prohibited. As far as facilities go, there is an available open landing area here for Army aviation, and there are 3 firing ranges.
This naval base is actually a shipyard that was established in 1800, making it the oldest operating U.S. Navy shipyard. The yard primarily deals with the repair, overhaul, and modernization of various Navy submarines. However, the shipyard actually has a long history of building ships since the area provided more-than-adequate amounts of lumber. Several important ships were constructed here, including HMS Falkland, the first British warship made in the colonies.
Throughout various military conflicts, this base has served as a form of prison for foreign soldiers. During the Spanish-American War, several prisoners camped on the grounds, and an official prison was constructed in 1905 that resembled a castle. This prison housed crews of German U-Boats as well as prisoners from the Navy and Marine Corps but was eventually closed in 1974.
Coast Guard Stations
There are 16 Coast Guard stations in Maine, but only 6 of them are active. The unit that controls this area is the Sector Northern New England. It helps transport more than 160 million petroleum product barrels, and it regulates the movement of various sea vessels in the area, including ferries, tour boats, and fishing boats.
One Coast Guard Station here, Boothbay Harbor, was established in 1967 and is responsible for about 1,000 miles of the Maine coastline. It primarily performs search-and-rescue missions, but it also helps with Homeland Security and Maritime Law Enforcement.