Navy Capt. Stanford C. Balmforth, 51, commanding officer of the Fleet Weather Facility at Suitland since 1974, died Saturday at Greater Southeast Community Hospital after a heart attack.

A meteorologist and aviator, he had previously served four years with the environmental service division in the office of the joint chiefs of staff.

Capt. Balmforth joined the Navy Reserves as an aviation cadet in 1944 while a student at the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 1948. He was a native of Hollywood, Calif.

He became a Navy pilot in 1950, and saw combat in Korea during the conflict there. In 1956, he received a degree in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif.

Capt. Balmforth served at various Navy meteorological units, and from 1963 to 1965 was meteorological officer aboard the carrier U.S.S. Independence. His decorations included the Air Medal with Gold Star and the Navy and Joint Service Commendation Medals.

He was a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He also was active in Boy Scout Troop 1142 in Annandale and a board member of the Long Branch Civic Association.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, a daughter, Anne, and six sons, David, Phillip, Mark, Paul, Gregory and Matthew, all of the home in Annandale, and a grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.