Established on February 27, 1942, the base was designated to manufacture and ship overseas materials and equipment and to outfit and embark construction battalions and other naval units.
Between 1942 and 1994, when the base was closed, the Seabees participated in every war involving the United States. The Quonset Hut and the Davisville Pontoons were both developed at the Davisville Seabee Center. The base has schooled and trained thousands of officers and tens of thousands of Seabees.
Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams and other refugees from religious intolerance in Massachusetts. World War II was fought between the Allies and the Axis powers between 1939 and 1945.