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Navy Base Kitsap Navy Base in Silverdale, WA Washington Military Bases


Naval Base Kitsap is located on the Kitsap Peninsula of Washington State, from which it derives its namesake. The base is one of the newest installations in the United States and only a handful of bases that were established in the early 21st century. Created in 2004, Naval Base Kitsap is the result of the merging of two United States Navy Installations; Naval Station Bremerton and Naval Submarine Base Bangor. The merging of these two former naval stations created what is now the 3rd largest Naval Base in the United States Fleet and the single largest naval installation in Navy Region Northwest.


Under current command of Captain Thomas Zwolfer, the base is home to the US Navy’s Fleet throughout West Puget Sound and provides operational capabilities and support to both surface ships and nuclear submarines. The base is also home to the only dry dock in the United States capable of handling Nimitz Class aircraft carriers, the Navy’s largest fuel depot, and one of four US Navy Nuclear shipyards. In 2005 the base was the recipient of one of the United States Armed Forces highest honors, the Commander in Chief’s Award for Installation Excellence – Best Base in the United States Navy.



The history of Naval Base Kitsap itself is relatively brief with no significant events. The real history lies within the two former installations that comprise the now giant base. Naval Submarine Base Bangor was established in 1942 to counter the threat of Japanese submarines in the Pacific. Its primary role was as a shipping port for the armed forces and played a role in the Pacific Theater of World War II. After its quick construction in 1942, the base undertook a series of rapid improvements and expansions, gaining a spot as a permanent naval station in 1945. During the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam the base transitioned into more of a support role, serving as an ammunition depot directing shipments to conflict zones.


Naval Station Bremerton has a less illustrious history, but a colorful one nonetheless. The area of present day Naval Base Kitsap where Naval Station Bremerton is located was subject to a series of break ins and protests. In 2009, a group of protesters gained entrance to an area that was used for storage of nuclear warheads. They hung banners, destroyed property and covered the area with graffiti. All protesters were quickly arrested following the break in. In 2010 sector that was Naval Station Bremerton became the first installation in the United States Navy to purchase an electric vehicle, earning it a spot in history as the first section of the Navy to move into alternative energy for on base transportation.



Naval Base Kitsap is home to several transitional and tenant units as a result of its maintenance and repair facilities. Current units calling Kitsap home change frequently, however there are multiple ships and units permanently stationed at the base. Fleet Surface units stationed Naval Base Kitsap include the USS Parche, USS Ohio, USS Nevada, USS Georgia, USS Alabama, USS Kentucky and several others. Submarine fleet units of the base are the USS Seawolf, USS Connecticut and the USS John C. Stennis.

Naval Base Kitsap




From the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula which encompasses 2,716-acres of Naval Magazine Indian Island to the southern portion of the Navy’s largest West Coast underground fuel storage facility near Orchard Point at the Manchester Fuel Department, the Navy has an extensive presence within the West Puget Sound.


With the consolidation of Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport and Naval Station Bremerton in 2004, the formation of Naval Base Kitsap, the largest naval installation in the Northwest, was instituted. NBK provides services to several major afloat commands including a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and three types of active submarines; assists numerous tenant shore commands to include Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division-Keyport, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center-Puget Sound and Strategic Weapons Facility-Pacific.




The Navy’s permanent presence in West Puget Sound dates back to 1891 when the Navy invested less than $10,000 for 190 acres of Pacific Northwest wilderness and established Naval Station Puget Sound, Bremerton. After initial surveying by LT. Charles Wilkes and selection by a commission chaired by Alfred T. Mahan, LT. Ambrose Wyckoff became its first founding Commandant. The first dry dock, of what is now known as Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, was completed by 1896 and in time for support of the Spanish-American War in 1898.


In 1914, the Pacific Coast Torpedo Station was commissioned in Keyport. As the Pacific Theater of operations grew in importance to national security in the first half of the 1900s, so did the Navy’s growth in the West Puget Sound with the commissioning of Naval Magazine Indian Island in 1941. Soon thereafter, Bangor began operating as an ammunition depot and was later commissioned as a naval magazine in 1944.


Naval presence in the area continued to ebb and flow as the national security situation changed over the years. In 1976, funds were authorized to build what is now known as Naval Hospital Bremerton at Jackson Park. The hospital originally began in 1900 as a makeshift hospital aboard USS Nipsic, a converted brigantine moored at Puget Sound Naval Station. A larger, shore-side hospital was built on Puget Sound Naval Station and was fully utilized until the late 1970s.


With the introduction of the Trident submarine at Bangor, and subsequently the Trident Refit Facility, the predecessor to Intermediate Maintenance Facility, experienced a major surge of growth when the base was selected to homeport the first squadron of Trident submarines. Bangor was formally commissioned Naval Submarine Base Bangor in 1977. Recently, in accordance with the Navy’s Sea Enterprise initiative to optimize resource allocation, Naval Base Kitsap was established on June 4, 2004.


Today, the Navy in West Puget Sound employs more than 45,000 people including more than 15,000 active-duty Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard and Army and is steward to over 12,000 acres. In support of ongoing operations, Naval Hospital Bremerton has more than 300 Sailors, doctors and corpsmen, deployed throughout the world.




The Mission of Naval Base Kitsap is to serve as the host command for the Navy’s fleet throughout West Puget Sound, and to provide base operating services, including support to a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, two Military Sealift Command combat logistic ships, and 14 submarines representing all three classes of U.S. Navy submarines. Evidence of our drive for excellence is reflected within numerous food service, environmental, energy reductions, and pollution control awards received during this award evaluation period.


Population Served


Today, the Navy in West Puget Sound employs more than 45,000 people including more than 15,000 active-duty Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard and Army and is steward to over 12,000 acres. In support of ongoing operations, Naval Hospital Bremerton has more than 300 Sailors, doctors and corpsmen, deployed throughout the world.


Base Transportation


Naval Base Kitsap furnishes a variety of base transport services. NBK Bangor operates IMF/Delta Refit Pier express shuttle service is available every morning and afternoon, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Shuttle service is also furnished between Building 7203 and the Delta Refit Pier, seven days a week. A scheduled shuttle bus services runs daily between the core area and the lower base. Detailed NBK Bangor shuttle bus schedules are available from the Transportation Branch in Building 1202 at 396-0186.


NBK Bremerton operates a full range of on base shuttle service, both inside and out of the controlled industrial area. Detailed NBK Bremerton shuttle bus schedules are available from the Transportation Branch in Building 455 at 476-1188.


Naval Base Kitsap encourages ridesharing in support of local Commute Trip Reduction Ordinances. Detailed information on the Carpool/Vanpool rideshare program and local transit options can be obtained from the Employee Transportation Coordinator, 627-4063.




A sponsor is someone from your new unit who is assigned to assist you in settling into your new location. You must request a sponsor through your unit. You can learn more about the sponsorship program and how to apply through your Relocation Assistance Program or the Family Center at your new installation.


Your Service will appoint your sponsor in writing. He/she will be the same or close to your rank and the same marital status, if at all possible. This person will be knowledgeable about the local community and the installation; available to assist you and your family for at least two weeks post arrival, and be someone who is positive and outgoing.


Temporary Quarters


Naval Base Kitsap offers Five-Star accommodations to permanent and visiting personnel, including personnel whose ships are undergoing overhaul. A wide variety of services are offered to our visitors and single military personnel, such as mini gyms, conference rooms, entertainment rooms, free washers and dryers, full service kitchens and much more. Unaccompanied Housing and Navy Gateway Inns and Suites are within walking distance to the Commissary, Navy Exchange, clubs and recreational facilities.


Reservations and check-ins for Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton are located in Building 865, phone 475-3035 and for Naval Base Kitsap Bangor/Keyport in Building 2750, phone 396-4035. Check in for Unaccompanied Housing at the Naval Hospital is located in Schon Hall #5 next to the hospital, phone 475-4334.


Relocation Assistance


All military personnel reporting to Naval Base Kitsap are required to check in at the Navy Housing Service Center, located at the Bangor Plaza (Building 2720) prior to making arrangements for community housing. Information on Public/Private Venture (PPV), Military Family Housing (MFH), community rentals and sales listings are available, as well as information on landlord/tenant laws and the surrounding local communities.


Naval Base Kitsap offers Five-Star accommodations to permanent party personnel. A wide variety of services are offered to our single military personnel, such as exercise rooms, conference rooms, entertainment rooms, TV lounges, free washers and dryers, full service kitchens and much more. Bachelor Housing facilities are within walking distance to the commissary, Navy Exchange, clubs and recreational facilities. Check-in is conducted at Navy Gateway Inns and Suites Building 865 at Bremerton and Building 2750 at Bangor.


For more information on available housing options, please contact us at (800) 876-7022 or visit us online . Specific information for Naval Base Kitsap Bachelor Housing Quarters is available at 396-4046, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Critical Installation Information


Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton – When checking onboard Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton enter through Naval Avenue Gate, located off Naval Avenue in Bremerton, Wash. The Naval Gate is open seven days a week, 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you are checking on-board after these hours, please enter through the Charleston gate, located off Navy Yard Highway 304. Have proper identification ready when entering the gate for verification purposes. If you do not have a Department of Defense vehicle decal, security police may direct you to Pass and ID (Building 981), located next to the Missouri (commercial) Gate, off Navy Yard Highway 304 or issue you a temporary pass if after hours. After entering through the gate, report to the Naval Base Kitsap Command and Administration Building 443. Temporary parking is available in the back of the building. During normal working hours (weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), check-in with the administrative office (627-4008) located on the south end of the main floor. After normal hours, check in with the Naval Base Kitsap quarrdeck (627-4024), located on the north side of the main floor. The watch stander will either check you in or call your command’s duty officer for instructions.


Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor – Active Duty personnel checking into submarines located at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor should report to the Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC) located at Building 2100 on Thresher Avenue. For further information please call 396-6505.


Frequently Called Numbers on Base


For more information please visit Naval Base Kitsap website at or call the base operator at 396-6111 or 476-3711. Naval Base Kitsap Command Suite and Quarterdeck is located in Building 443 just inside the Naval Avenue Gate in Bremerton. The quarterdeck’s phone number is 627-4024 and the Command Suite’s number is 627-4000.