From the Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport, proceed out to Interstate 5 (South) to Tacoma for 26 miles, then west on State Highway 16 for a scenic 30 minute drive to Highway 3 (North). The west end of the base and most of the Inactive Fleet will be visible along the waterfront. Follow the signs that say Naval Base Kitsap Gates. The base complex is small (1100 acres) and is congested. Parking is limited and tightly controlled. Security access inside the Naval Shipyard Controlled Industrial Area (CIA) portion of the complex is tightly controlled with the wearing of Security Area Control Badges (SACB's) worn, and always visible, at all times. The Kitsap Airporter bus service runs daily to various dropoff points in the Bremerton area, but does not drive onto base. The combined Naval Base Kitsap - Bremerton/Puget Sound Naval Shipyard complex is located a 1 hour ferry ride away from Seattle and 30 miles northwest of Tacoma. The Washington State Ferry System runs average about every hour and 20 minutes between Pier 56 in downtown Seattle and the downtown Bremerton terminal.
The main gate to the complex is on Naval Avenue, located one mile west of the ferry terminal off Burwell Street and is open 24 hours daily. The downtown gate for the Shipyard is one block from the ferry terminal but is only accessible for official business with prior authorization.
On September 16, 1891, Lt. Ambrose Wyckoff invested less than $10,000 when he purchased 190 acres of the Pacific Northwest wilderness and established the first Naval Station Puget Sound in Bremerton. As the maintenance needs of the Navy grew in the Pacific Ocean in the early 1900's, the Naval Station became the Naval Shipyard. Until 1941, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard remained the only West Coast Battle- ship Repair Facility in the Navy. By 1945, the wartime workforce had reached more than 32,000 personnel. During the 1950's, the Shipyard's major effort was the extensive program of converting the older aircraft carriers conventional flight decks to angle decks as the Navy entered the era of jet powered aircraft. Between 1917 and 1969, a total of 85 ships were constructed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard including the largest vessels on the West Coast, the Sacramento-Class Combat Support (AOE) ships. In 1961, the Shipyard was certified as a nuclear repair facility, enabling it to perform the overhauling of the new Polaris Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) nuclear-powered submarines. Its current mission includes performing overhauls and repair of all sizes and types of ships in the Navy, submarine and surface ship recycling, and serving as a major Planning Yard function. The Naval Sea Systems Command Detachment, Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Office (NISMO) provides for inactivation, maintenance, cannibalization, disposal and preparation for reactivation of assigned vessels.
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is proud of its history as a naval presence on the West Coast since 1891.
On October 1, 1998, Naval Base Kitsap - Bremerton was commissioned as the Navy's newest homeport. It encompasses the former Military Support Area of PSNS which includes all piers for the five homeported ships and the Inactive Ships Maintenance Office, Bachelor Quarters (five BEQ and one BOQ), Chapel, Fleet & Family Information Center, MWR facilities, NEX and Commissary, and the Personnel Support Activity Detachment (PSD). Naval Base Kitsap - Bremerton is homeport to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN70), and the USS John Stennis(05). Naval Base Kitsap - Bremerton family housing is located in the Jackson Park Housing area with over 800 family homes, a state of the art recreational area and a DON Child Development Center right in the neighborhood.
The Fleet Support Building hosts the following activities: Personnel Support Activity Detachment (PSD), DEERS/ID Cards, and the Battle force Integration Training Facility which features video tele-training of all types to keep the Sailors proficient in their skills. In addition, the building also features 4-in-1 classrooms plus a 200+ seat auditorium.
On June 1, 2004 Naval Station Bremerton's and Submarine Base Bangor were joined to become one regional base known as Naval Base Kitsap. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard operates as a seperate unit.
OUR MISSION: Provide world-class service, programs, and facilities that meet the needs of our hosted war fighting commands, tenant activities, crew, and employees, all of whom deserve the best we have to offer every hour of every day.
Population assigned-served: 51,600 (est),
Active Duty Military: 7,125,
Family Members: 10,800 (est),
Area Military Retirees: 14,500 (est),
Civilian Employees: 10,371 (Combined total for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Fleet Industrial Supply Center Puget Sound and smaller tenant commands onboard the Bremerton Naval Complex)
After you receive final orders to Naval Base Kitsap (NBK)your cammand will send a message to your new command. A sponsor will be assigned and given contact information about you, and you will receive contact information about your new department command. Your sponsor or command duty driver can pick you up at the airport if arrangements need to be made. A Welcome Aboard Packet from your new command can be sent, if requested. If you are driving, arrangements can be made to meet your sponsor for asistance checking aboard.
Check with your housing office on your old base as soon as you receive final orders if housing is needed. Visit your Fleet and Family Support Program for other relocation information.
When you arrive at NBK-Bremerton report directly to your new command by the report date on your orders. The Duty Office/Quarter Deck for Naval Base Kitsap is 360-627-4024
For newly arrived families, the Navy Lodge located in Naval Base Kitsap Bangor is the only on base lodging that allows children. The telephone number is 1 800-NAVYINN. Please make your reservations as soon as you receive your final orders.
The Fleet and Family Support Program on your old and new bases are available with information on budgeting for travel, websites, and sleeping pads and kitchen loan lockers while your personal property is en route. Be sure and pack your most needed items for your trip, blankets, sheets, pillows, toys and school files. Military One Source is available 24 hrs for any questions on your relocation (800)342-9647.
CRITICAL INSTALLATION INFORMATION
Parking is very limmeted on Naval Base Kitsap - Bremerton. Always be aware of where you are parking. Many parking spaces and lots have designated pass parking or time restrictions. Parking Tickets are issued reqularly.