Naval Weapons Station Earle
Used for the safe loading of the AOE Ammunition ships USS Seattle (AOE 3), USS Detroit (AOE 4), USS Supply (AOE 6), USS Arctic (AOE 8), and Combat Logistics Group 2 stationed here.
The pier stretches 2.2 miles into the Sandy Hook bay and comprises 2.9 miles of pier/trestle surface area. The Station is divided into two sections: Main-side, located in Colts Neck, and the Waterfront Area, on Sandy Hook Bay, located in the Leonardo section of Middletown. Both areas are connected by Normandy road, a 15-mile military road and rail line.
Trestle 1 is the 2 mile long rail and road causeway that leads to Trestles 2, 3 and 4. There are no docking or berthing facilities on Trestle 1.
Trestle 2 leads to Pier 2, and berths 2N1 on the west side and 2N2 on the east side. Berth lengths on Pier 2 are 600 ft with a 500 ft long elevated loading platform on each side of the pier. Pier deck height is 13 ft above MLW, loading platform height is 18 ft above MLW, and the alongside depth is 35 ft at MLW. Pier 2 is not currently used for cargo loading.
Trestle 3 leads to Pier 3 and berths 3A3 and 3A1 (west side), and 3A4 and 3A2 (east side). Total berth length is 1200 ft long with two 500 ft elevated loading platforms on each side of the pier. Pier deck height is 12 ft above MLW, loading platform height is 17 ft above MLW, and the alongside depth is 35 ft at MLW. A small boat mooring area is located in the southeast end of Trestle 3. Tugs and yard craft are moored in this location.
Trestle 4 leads to Pier 4 and berths 4W (west side) and 4E (east side). Berth length is 800 ft with a 600 ft long elevated loading platform on each side of the pier. Pier deck height is 13 ft above MLW, loading platform height is 18 ft above MLW, and the alongside depth is 45 ft at MLW. Pier 4 is the primary cargo-loading pier. A project to improve fendering on Pier 4 was completed by 2001.