Highlands Military Reservation

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Highlands Military Reservation (1917-1920, 1940-1974) - First established in 1917 in Navesink, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Abandoned as a Military Reservation in 1974.

NAVSink Twin Lights on Highlands Military Reservation, Site of Early (1939) Radar Equipment Tests

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Southern New York. Established to provide protective shelter to U.S. shipping and to guard an important shipping channel into New York Harbor.

World War I (1917-1918)

Highlands Military Reservation World War I Battery (edit list)
Battery
Click on Battery links below
No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Battery Cost Notes
Battery Hartshorne 2 12" Mortar 1917-1920 $ ?
Source: CDSG


Highlands MR


World War II (1941-1945)

Highlands Military Reservation World War II Battery (edit list)
Battery
Click on Battery links below
No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Battery Cost Notes
Battery 116
Battery Lewis (2)
2 16" Casemated Barbette (CBC) 1942-1943-1944-1948 $ 1,552,493
Battery 219 2 6" Shielded Barbette (SBC) 1942-1943-1944-1946 $ 198,859
Source: CDSG

Cold War (1947–1991)

In 1948 the U.S. Air Force (USAF) established the Twin Lights Lashup Radar Site L-12 adjacent to the historic twin lights on the Highlands Military Reservation. The twin lights had been the site of early radar testing in 1939 and the location of a World War II radar installation. The radar site was moved to a second location still on the Highlands Military Reservation circa 1953.

A USAF Radar Station, Highlands Air Force Station, was in operation on the second site between 1953 and 1966. That site was then turned over to the U.S. Army on 1 Jul 1966 and became Highlands Army Air Defense Site. Finally closed in 1974.

Current Status

Part of the Hartshorne Woods County Park, Navesink, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Two World War II batteries are visible. No remains of the radar site and most of the military reservation has been returned to park land.


Location: Hartshorne Woods Park, Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Maps & Images

Lat: 40.3946072 Long: -73.9977264

See Also:

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of New York, (HDNY-AN-44), 1 Sep 1944, CDSG

Links:

Visited: 13 Aug 2010


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