Date: Tue, 21 Apr 98 19:12:25 UT
From: "John Gallant"
After thinking about it for a while, I realised how little I knew about the Walker Lake base. So I sent a note to one of my buddies in Reno to dig up what he could. The info on the Underwater Nuclear Warfare aspect is practically non-existent. Sorry. On that front I only know that it says it is. Another friend of mine claims to have been stationed out there in the mid 80's but refused to go further other than saying there was far more than is immediately visible. Whatever. Our estimates put the facility at approx. 1200-1800 square miles. Remember, this is Nevada where 80-85% of the land is government owned. Pinpointing military boundaries is darned hard. The only thing visible from the road are dozens of rows of concrete magazines, barracks, a cemetery, and several unimpressive pre-fab buildings.
The base was created after the loss of one in NJ to fire in 1926, IIRC. After that, the US wisely decided to relocate it largest ammo dump to an area where enormous explosions wouldn't be an issue.