In an effort to revitalize the fledgling community of Adak, Aleut Enterprise and Aleut Real Estate, subsidiaries of the Aleut Corporation, joined forces with Offshore Systems Inc. in June to reopen the former Adak military base to provide logistics support for offshore drilling operations in the Arctic.
The Adak Army Base and Adak Naval Operating Base were constructed during World War II to provide counteroffensive support against the Japanese invasion of Kiska and Attu Islands. After the war ended, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard developed the facilities to support military personnel that were stationed in the area during the decades to follow. At its peak, the base was home to anywhere from 5,000 to 7,000 servicemen and their families.
After the threat of the cold war was over, the base downsized in 1994 and officially closed in 1997. In the following years, the island would become a virtual ghost town with the closures of family housing, schools, recreational facilities and restaurants, including the most western McDonalds in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, the population of Adak had dropped to 326 people.
In 2004, the Aleut Corp. purchased Adak’s base facilities under a land transfer agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. Until the recent partnership with OSI, it was unclear how the local Alaska Native Corporation and its subsidiaries planned to breathe life into their new investment.
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Ocean Marine Services, Inc.
OMSI owns and operates five oil field supply vessels as well as a landing craft and a research catamaran.
Offshore Systems Kenai
Blackwater Marine, LLC.
OSK was created in 1986 in response to demand for a full-service logistical support base.
Blackwater Marine, LLC is a full-service underwater diving contractor providing a broad range of specialized skills to the government, military, business and private sectors.
Port Adak: The gateway to oil development in the Arctic.
BY PAULA COTTRELL
This article first appeared in the November 2012 print edition of Alaska Business Monthly magazine.
Aleutian Fuel Services
Located at OSI, AFS operates a 75,000-barrel, full-service marine fuel facility.
Offshore Systems, Inc.
The premiere fuel and dock facility in Western Alaska. We're commited to serving you!
This profile appeared in the May 2012 print edition of Alaska Business Monthly magazine.