The NSWC Crane Division Navy Base that can be found in Martin County, Indiana is considered to be the principal and most significant unit division that is hosted at the Naval Support Activity Crane. The installation that is 40 kilometers from the Bloomington covers three different counties that include the Green, Lawrence and Martin. It is entirely operated and owned by the US Navy and was initially set up to serve as a depot where a wide variety of weaponry is stored, produced and maintained. The installation was also named to honor William M. Crane, who was one of the US Navy officers who fought in notable wars like the Barbary War.

Cost of Living: 91.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: (800) 798-2204

Base Address: 38.5687308,-88.1352049, 8z

Base Population: 3,500

City/Area Population: 10,334

Child Development Center:

Shoals Jr & Sr High School

7900 US-50, Shoals, IN 47581, United States

+1 812-247-2090

Dubois Elementary School

5533 E St Raphael St, Dubois, IN 47527, United States

+1 812-678-3011

Youth Program:

4-H Youth Development

2666 U.S. Hwy 50, Loogootee, IN 47553

812 - 295 - 2412

Airman and Family Readiness Center:

Martin County Welfare Office

609 Ravine St, Shoals, IN 47581, United States

+1 812-247-2871


  • Manufacturing 19.47%
  • Retail Trade 13.62%
  • Educational Services, Health Care, Social Assistance 17.25%
  • Public Administration 10.88%
  • Construction 9.00%
  • Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accommodation, Food Services 7.92%

Base Services:

Martin County Child Services Department

Shoals, IN 47581, United States

+1 812-247-2871

Martin County Chamber-Commerce

210 N Line St, Loogootee, IN 47553, United States

+1 812-295-4093

Medical Services:

Daviess Martin Medical Clinic

Daviess-Ma Rr 1, Loogootee, IN 47553, United States

+1 812-295-5095

IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians - Family & Internal Medicine

8695 W Jack Carnes Way, French Lick, IN 47432, United States

+1 812-936-3900


With the aims to expand the quality control system of the Bureau of Weapons, added an ammunition quality evaluation unit in the late 1940s. Since the complexity and the sophistication of weapons have dramatically increased by 1950s and 1960s, the activities in the Crane Division, its capabilities as well as expertise have expanded in scope where small arms, microwave tubes, sonobuoy surveillance, POLARIS missiles and other engineering and scientific support were included to the newly formed Bureau of Weapons.

It began to provide technical support for the weapons systems, where logistics, repair, overhaul, in-service engineering and design are included when it came under the command of the Naval Ordnance Systems Command in the 1960s. While in the 1970s, the support had begun to include batteries, electronic components, rotating components, standard hardware, failure analysis and new technologies that are related to the night vision systems.

When the Naval Sea Systems Command was established as a result of the merging of Naval Ships Systems Command and the Naval Ordinance Systems Command, the Crane Division became under its supervision in 1974. And shortly after, the Crane’s name was changed into Naval Weapon Support Center in 1975, which is said to be more accurate as it truly reflects the function of the installation.

However, a major change has become apparent in the Crane Division in 1977, when the US Army’s designation as the single-service manager of conventional ammunition. With this new designation, it resulted to the establishment of the tenant command where the Crane Army Ammunition Activity or CAAA have taken over the loading, organization and storage of the ammunition in the installation. And up today, the Crane and the CAAA partnership continuously remain strong.

Later in 1922, the Crane’s name was changed into Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center with the establishment of the related system command – which it remains as the most recognized modern and sophisticated leader when it comes to diverse and highly technical product lines worldwide.

Although the BRAC Commission has recommended the preservation of the existing operations at Crane with the exception to gun/ammunition, energetic materials t Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and combat system security, it still resulted to a total number of 672 civilian jobs in the base.


Currently, the Naval Support Activity Crane serves as a host to a number of command and divisions, namely the Crane Arm Ammunition Activity, the Great lakes Industrial Hygiene, the Defense Automated Printing Service, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Defense Commissary Agency Detachment Crane, the Navy Exchange and to name a few.


The NSWC Crane Division to begin with has no on-post housing. However, military housing is provided by the Forest City Military Communities where the housing units consist 3 to 4 bedrooms, has fireplaces, wood floors, and laundry. While the off-base housing in NSWC Crane Division that is compromised of single units for sale and for rent are located on the nearby counties.

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