It was the Earth Federation Forces' main nuclear weapons storage facility. During the One Year War, the base was attacked by Zeon forces which were successfully repelled by the White Dingo Team. On October 13, U.C.0083, remnants of the Principality of Zeon attacked the base, and the RX-78GP02A Gundam "Physalis" was stolen by Anavel Gato from the Albion as part of Operation Stardust.
Second Battle of Torrington Base
By U.C. 0096, the base's importance fell due to its low strategic value and it was stationed with mostly outdated mobile suits. Though originally surrounded by nothing but dry wilderness, a city had been built near the base at some point after U.C. 0083.
After the Third Battle of Dakar, "The Sleeves" decided to launch an attack on Torrington Base after discovering the Laplace Program's coordinates. An earth-based Zeon Remnants group working with The Sleeves and headed by Yonem Kirks led the assault. Using an old One Year War radio code, he requested assistance from the other Zeon remnants so as to "give the Feds the shock of their lives". The Juneau-class "Bonefish" while on patrol off the coast of eastern Australia was attacked and sunk by the AMA-X7 Shamblo and two AMS-129M Zee Zulu heading to the base. The next morning, the Zeon remnants launched a surprise attack on the base. Receiving Torrington's distress call, the Londo Bell warship Ra Cailum that was investigating the "Bonefish" disappearance immediately changed its course. At first, the assault proceeded according to plan, the EFGF was caught off guard and thrown in disarray from the ferocity of the attack. However, the Shamblo, which was supposed to support the advance, changed course to attack the nearby city as its pilot, Loni, was obsessed with revenge. The tide turned when the RX-160S Byarlant Custom and the Tri-Stars - an elite trio of pilots stationed on board the Ra Cailum, launched into battle. The fight subsequently turned in the favor of the Federation and the Zeon remnants were defeated. Yonem was killed by the Tri-Stars while attempting a suicide attack, and the Shamblo was destroyed by Riddhe Marcenas' MSN-001A1 Delta Plus.