That’s one giant swimming pool

Out & About

The best view of downtown San Diego from land probably is from Cabrillo National Monument. Unfortunately, in order to get there you have to go through Naval Base Point Loma, and the gates are closed from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Map through Naval Base Point Loma

If you go to Cabrillo National Monument, leave some time to explore World War II bunkers and other interesting stuff along the 2.2-mile drive through the Naval Base. You won’t be able to get too close to anything, but there are many vista points where you can pull over and gaze. Recently I pulled over and gazed at this:

SSC Pacific, Point Loma, San Diego CA

I have no clue what SSC Pacific.

Looks like a giant swimming pool.

Off to my resource library…. Nothing.

Off to Google…. Bingo!

SSC Pacific stands for “Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.” Why not SNWSCP? Well, “Space and Naval Warfare” has its own acronym: SPAWAR. So SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific becomes SSC Pacific, which still leaves one wondering, Why not SSCP?

Along with SSC Pacific’s main facility here in San Diego, it has detachments in Hawaii, Guam, and Japan. Japan?

SSC Pacific is the Navy’s premier research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) laboratory for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR). A lot of big words.

Way beyond me, which means it’s way beyond Twitler, too.

For more on SSC Pacific, go here.

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

5 thoughts on “That’s one giant swimming pool

  1. photobyjohnbo

    My brother and his wife are interred at the cemetery at Point Loma. I visit there whenever I get to San Diego. I haven’t seen this building. I will have to remember to look for it the next time we get there. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      It’s before you get to the Cemetery, and it’s on the right side, but it’s down below the cliff, so you’ll have to get out of the car and walk over to the edge to see it. Find a spot between the gates and the Cemetery to pull off the road and park. Regardless of where you are, you’ll see it, or part of it and can then work your way towards a better spot.

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  2. cindy knoke

    There used to be Dolphin Tanks on the other side of this named by surfers because there is a surf spot near it. The dolphins were trained to place and retrieve explosives on ships. There were protests about this. The pool in your shot is supposedly an underwater sound testing pool. My husband used to work next door to it. It looks to me like another another dolphin tank.

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