Cultural Resources Management

The U.S. Navy is a large-scale owner of buildings, documents, archeological sites, ships, aircraft and other cultural resources of great historic significance to the United States. As examples, the Navy has nearly 4,000 buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places; maintains the USS Constitution (the oldest afloat commissioned warship in the world), and manages lands in Southern California at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake that contain 4,000 year old rock art within the Coso Rock Art District.

Protection of this heritage is an essential part of our mission. To learn more about the Navy’s cultural resources, visit Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s cultural resources website.

SECNAV Instruction 4000.35A

Learn more about Navy’s efforts to protect cultural resources – Video: NAWS China Lake Petroglyphs.