The Fort Slocum Nike installation was uniquely situated
on two islands in western Long Island Sound. Due to the compact
nature of each island, the facility had to be split between the two:
the control area was built on David's Island and the launcher
area on nearby Hart Island. Historic Fort Slocum served a number
of military purposes through the years as both an Army and Air
Force installation. Perhaps due to its relatively inaccessible
nature, Nike Battery NY-15 was closed during July, 1960
after only five years of operation.
Hart Island, NY
David's Island, NY
Dates of Operation
& Missile Load
Nike Ajax / 20
Nike Hercules / 0
2 type "B".
The former Launcher Area on Hart Island is partially
intact. Hart Island, long the site of New York City's "potter's field",
is operated by the New York City Department of Corrections and is
closed to the public. The Control Area on nearby David's Island
is abandoned and further data will be provided in the near future.
To read a three-part history of site NY-15, including contemporary and
vintage photos of the Launcher Area, click