List of former United States military installations in Panama

This is a list of United States military installations in Panama, all of which fall within the former Canal zone. The U.S. military installations in Panama were turned over to local authorities by 1999.

Transition phases

In 1903, the Hay–Bunau-Varilla Treaty was signed between Panama and the United States. It created the Panama Canal Zone as a U.S. governed region, and allowed the U.S. to build the Panama Canal. In 1977, the Panama Canal Treaty (also called Torrijos–Carter Treaties) was signed by Commander of Panama's National Guard, General Omar Torrijos and U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Over time, it would replace and absolve the 1903 treaty.

  • 1 October 1979, the Panama Canal Zone was abolished. All unused area (mainly forest) was transferred to Panama. Also some non-military constructions, like hospitals and schools, were transferred to Panama.
  • Between 1979 and 31 December 1999 U.S. transferred all military areas and constructions to Panama. Formal U.S. presence was ended by 2000. In total 95,293 acres (386 square kilometres) with 5,237 buildings were handed over. Their estimated value was some $4 billion US$.
  • After the United States invasion of Panama in 1989, some installations were reactivated by the U.S. Still, these were disestablished by 2000.[1]


Former U.S. military installations in the Panama Canal Zone (19041999)[2]
NameBranchUnitAban­donedCurrent nameCurrent useAreaCoordinates
Galeta IslandNavyCDAA (Wullenweber) radio detection2002Atlantic9.40233°N 79.87217°W / 9.40233; -79.87217 (Galeta Island)
Fort RandolphArmycoastal defense1999Atlantic,
Margarita Island
9.38444°N 79.88778°W / 9.38444; -79.88778 (Fort Randolph)
Coco SoloNavysubmarine base1999Manzanillo International Terminalcontainer terminalAtlantic,
near Colón
9.37262°N 79.8812°W / 9.37262; -79.8812 (Coco Solo)
Fort De LessepsArmycoastal defense1955Atlantic,

9.36556°N 79.90500°W / 9.36556; -79.90500 (Fort De Lesseps)

Fort ShermanArmycoastal defense,
Jungle Operations Training Center
1999harbour: Shelter Bay Marinaunused,
opposite Colón
9.36302°N 79.953035°W / 9.36302; -79.953035 (Fort Sherman)
France FieldArmy,
Air Force
1949Enrique Adolfo Jiménez AirportairfieldAtlantic,
near Colón
9.35667°N 79.86750°W / 9.35667; -79.86750 (France Field)
Gatun Tank FarmNavyunderground fuel storage with oil terminal at Cristobal1991Atlantic,
near Gatun locks

9.31035°N 79.88425°W / 9.31035; -79.88425 (Gatun Tank Farm)

Fort GulickArmySchool of the Americas1984, 1999Fuerte Espinarhotel MeliaAtlantic,
Gatun locks
9.317°N 79.867°W / 9.317; -79.867 (Fort Gulick)
Fort William D. DavisArmyinfantry, jungle warfare training,
special forces training
Jose Dominador Bazanresidential areaAtlantic,
Gatun locks
9.28892°N 79.90914°W / 9.28892; -79.90914 (Fort Davis)
Semaphore HillNavylong-range radar and communications link1979,
Canopy Towernature observatory[3]Inland, Culebra summit9.07833°N 79.64889°W / 9.07833; -79.64889 (Summit (antenna))
SummitNavyNaval Communications Station Balboa, VLF (sender)Inland, Culebra summit9.07833°N 79.64889°W / 9.07833; -79.64889 (Summit (antenna))
Gorgas HospitalArmyhospital, barracks1999HospitalAncon Hill
Quarry HeightsDODHQ US Southern Command1999HeadquartersAncon Hill
Fort ClaytonArmycommunications1999Ciudad del Saberresidential housing, schoolsMiraflores locks9.0001°N 79.5829°W / 9.0001; -79.5829 (Fort Clayton)
Albrook AFSAir Force1999Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC)academic campus (FSU-Panama), regional civil airportPacific,
near Balboa
8.9759000°N 79.5555306°W / 8.9759000; -79.5555306 (Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" Airport)
Arraijan Tank FarmNavyunderground fuel storage with oil terminal at Rodman1997civil usage (PATSA)Pacific,
opposite Balboa
8.95325°N 79.61466°W / 8.95325; -79.61466 (Arraijan Tank Farm)
Rodman Naval StationNavyharbor (Formerly called Balboa Naval Station, Canal Zone)Vasco Nuñez de Balboa Naval BasePanamanian National Maritime ServicePacific,
opposite Balboa
8.95222°N 79.57306°W / 8.95222; -79.57306 (Rodman Naval Base)
PSA Panama International Terminalcontainer terminal
Fort AmadorArmycoastal defense1999recreation, new hotel (2001)Pacific,
near Balboa
8.93806°N 79.54778°W / 8.93806; -79.54778 (Fort Amador)
Naval Communications Station BalboaNavyHQ radio communicationsPacific,
near Fort Amador
8.93805°N 79.54900°W / 8.93805; -79.54900 (Naval Communications Station Balboa (HQ))
FarfanNavyNaval Communications Station Balboa (receiver)Radio Holland Panamamarine communicationsPacific,
near Howard AFB

8.93222°N 79.58194°W / 8.93222; -79.58194 (Farfan (antenna))

Howard Air Force BaseAir Force1999Panamá Pacífico International Airport (BLB)international airportPacific,
opposite Balboa
8.91500°N 79.59944°W / 8.91500; -79.59944 (Howard Air Force Base)
Fort GrantArmycoastal defense1948Islas Naos, Penco, FlamencotourismPacific,
near Balboa
8.90806°N 79.52083°W / 8.90806; -79.52083 (Fort Grant)
Fort KobbeArmy2000Panama Pacificoreal estate (development)Pacific,
near Howard AFB

8.900°N 79.583°W / 8.900; -79.583 (Fort Kobbe)

Transisthmian PipelineNavycross-isthmus

See also

  • Category:Panama Canal Zone Townships


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