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10 UNUSUAL MILITARY BASES

Military base is an expression which is used in military terminology for every construction object or facility that is a complex of objects and facilities which are controlled by a certain form of armed forces for protection and maintaining military equipment and personnel, that performing training and conduction military operations. “Cold war” and many other confrontations that were lead in the XX century in all parts of the world left behind a large number of military bases.

Hundreds of billions of dollars were invested in them so that military operations and secrets with which military forces control stay preserved.

MILITARY BASES ARE MISTERIOUS, unreachable for ordinary people and about there are various myths. Most of them fulfilled their role and is till fulfilling it. However, some of them perform another role for which they were not created. We are talking about 10 unusual military bases and what are they used for.

10NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE: KINGS BAY, GEORGIA, USA

This unusual military base is a $3 billion, decade – long project to create a nuclear submarine base. Stretching over 16.000 acres (6475 hectares), it is the habitat of 20 threatened species.

09JOINT DEFENCE FACILITY PINE GAP: LINGIARY, AUSTRALIA

It is home to eight massive radomes to monitor missile launches. These structures and the facility’s isolated location have made it the center of many UFO conspiracies.

08EARCKSON AIR STATION: SHEMYA

So inhospitable that the air force pays private contractors to maintain the base. Strong winds often prevent flights taking off from this emergency airfield.

07NAVY SUPPORT FACILITY DIEGI GARCIA: CHAGOS ARCHIPELAGO

Support base for Afghanistan and Iraq operations. One of five GPS monitoring system in the world and has electro - optical surveillance system for tracking deep space objects.

06DEFENCE TRAINING ESTATE SALISBURY PLAINS: UK

This unusual base is just 10 miles from Stonehenge. Damaging to the environment, but has prevented agriculture and tourism from running Stonehenge.

05DUGWAY PROVING GROUND: UTAH, USA

This base is a 1250 SQ mile (3237 SQ km) chemical and biological testing ground. Has replicas of entire German and Japanese villages to test on – they even have authentic furniture in them.

04FORWARD LOGISTICS BASE: SIACHEN GLACIER, KASHMIR

The base was built on a 3 mile (4.8km) high mountain range. Freezing temperatures, altitude sickness, helicopter crashes and avalanches have claimed up to 5000 lives.

03KWAJALEIN ATOLL: MARSHALL ISLANDS

The U.S. leases eleven of the 100 or so islands. Used as a testing site for ballistic missile interceptors and experimental hypersonic weapons.

02NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE: NEVADA, USA

Largest solar power plant in the world: six million solar cells mounted on 72.000 panels. The base provides 30 million of energy a year, saving 24.000 tons of CO2 and one million dollar.

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