The world's jumble of military bases run the length from dangerous mountain top forts to apparently impassable underground bunkers.
Then there are bases on remote islands tracking objects in deep space and high-tech laboratories probing the most lethal micro basin existence.
The design of a base needs to address the immediate needs of a military while still being versatile enough to remain useful as threats and technology evolve. Here we present 10 of the most interesting active military facilities around the world:
1. Thule Air Base, Greenland
The port of the Thule Air Base is accessible for only 3 months in a year. The temperature at the location drops below minus 60 F, making it arduous for the troops to live and carry on their operations seamlessly.
All the essential utilities in the base are placed above ground for making them easily accessible in emergency situations.
2. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia, Chagos Archipelago
This military base shared between UK and US is also located at a remote area. One advantage with this base is that it serves as a key hub for US and UK to track the satellites.
The total area of Diego Garcia is close to 11 square miles, something quite less than what you would expect of a place that hosts a facility to such important operations of a country.
3. Forward Logistics Base, Siachen Glacier
This glacier in Kashmir has been the bone of contention between India and Pakistan for more than 5 decades now. Despite being an inhabitable place, it is sought-after by both nations as it offers a strategic advantage to the team attacking from this height.
This also makes it a very significant war zone. Helicopters undertake huge risks while delivering goods to the place for soldier.
4. Devil's Tower Camp, Gibraltar
Gibraltar is located at the conjoining point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The location of this military facility serves as a great aid for troops.
It also hosts some excellent training facilities like parachuting, diving and tunnel warfare.
5. Joint Defence Space Research Facility Pine Gap, Australia
The desert flooding and blistering heat hampered the construction of this facility that finally opened in 1970.
The place has garnered a lot of fame for the rumoured UFO sightings.
The US and Australian forces are braving extremely harsh conditions; however, the administrations of both the countries have plans to make their stay longer.
6. Raven Rock Mountain Complex, Penn
This military base is located right under the nose of Raven Mountains. This facility might serve as an emergency operations centre for government around which they can design their strategies in the event some catastrophe strikes. However, they have faced a lot of flak for this strategy.
All these military bases might appear ‘strange’ to the rest of the world, but there is no denying the fact that they serve as hubs for the key military operations for the particular nation.
7. Dugway Proving Ground, Utah:
Dugway's massiveness allows it to be the premiere site for testing defense systems against chemical and biological weapons, as well as military-grade smoke bombs.
Within two months of the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set aside the first 127,000 acres of Dugway Proving Ground in Utah's Great Salt Lake Desert.
8. HAARP Research Station, Alaska
HAARP has been the centerpiece of countless conspiracy theories, ranging from rumors that it will be used for mind control to claims that it can manipulate the weather of individual countries.
HAARP, or the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, is a collaborative project involving the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army and the University of Alaska.
9. Lajes Field, Portugal
Lajes Field is on a small chunk of volcanic rock about 1000 miles off the coast of Portugal, a location that can be stressful for first-time navigators.
About 11 miles long from north to south, the island is not capable of supporting more than one airport, so the field is split between civilian operations and military operations.
10. Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
In 2007, officials at Nellis cut the red ribbon for North America's largest solar power plant at the time.
More than 6 million solar cells are laced throughout 72,000 panels, feeding the base about 30 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy each year.