See the Getting To & Around Kitsap County chapter on Page 22 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle, about 55 miles from Bremerton. The base does not provide transportation, but there is a Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter shuttle that makes runs between Sea-Tac, Bremerton and Bangor. Go to www.kitsapairporter.com for the schedule and other information.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Naval Base Kitsap. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the Fleet & Family Support Center at 866-854-0638.
For drivers, Naval Base Kitsap is about an hour and a half away from the Sea-Tac Airport because motorists must loop first south, then north. Ferry boat service offers a more direct shot between Seattle, Bainbridge Island and Bremerton. However, ferry traffic is very heavy on summer weekends and holidays; travelers may have to wait for several ferries before being allowed to board. For more information on ferry schedules and fees, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.
The closest ferry to the airport is the Fauntleroy terminal, which can carry passengers and vehicles from Seattle to Southworth. To get to the Fauntleroy terminal from Interstate 5, take Exit 163 to the West Seattle Bridge. Head over the bridge to the community of West Seattle, and continue straight to Fauntleroy Way Southwest. Follow Fauntleroy Way Southwest for about
3 miles to the terminal, just past Lincoln Park. Ferry crossing time is approximately 40 minutes. Once you dock in Southworth, take state Route 16 west and then state Route 3 north. State Route 3 north will carry you to Bangor’s Trigger Gate (take the Trigger Avenue exit) and Trident gate (take the exit toward Bangor), as well as Naval Base Kitsap’s Keyport gate. To get to the Keyport gate, take state Route 3 north to state Route 308 east. Turn right on McKittrick Road. Make a slight left onto Dowell Road, then turn right on A Street.
The Seattle-Bremerton ferry carries passengers and vehicles from Seattle to Bremerton. To get to the Seattle ferry terminal from Interstate 5, take Exit 164B for Edgar Martinez Drive South. Turn right onto Edgar Martinez Drive South. Turn right onto First Avenue South/Dave Niehaus Way South. Make a slight left onto Railroad Way South/state Route 519. Continue to follow state Route 519 (under the viaduct). Turn left on Jackson Street to access the terminal. The ferry crossing takes approximately an hour. The main gate to the Naval Base Kitsap – Bremerton/Puget Sound Naval Shipyard complex is on Callow Street, about 3 miles west of the ferry terminal off Burwell Street. The downtown gate for the shipyard is one block from the ferry terminal but is only accessible for official business with prior authorization.
The Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry docks at Bainbridge Island, but from there you can take state Route 305 north, and then state Route 3 south toward Bremerton. Then take the state Route 308 east exit toward Bangor/Keyport/Keyport/Naval Base Kitsap.
From Interstate 5
To get to Interstate 5 from Sea-Tac Airport, follow signs for WA-518 E/Interstate 5/Interstate 405.
To get to Naval Base Kitsap – Bremerton, take Interstate 5 (north or south) to Exit 132B to merge onto state Route 16 west (Bremerton). Merge onto state Route 3 north. Use the right two lanes to take Exit 36 onto state Route 304 east (Bremerton). To get to the Missouri Gate and Pass and ID, turn right on Charleston Beach Road West. To get to the Charleston Gate, turn right on Farragut Avenue. To get to the naval gate, continue on state Route 304 east/Charleston Boulevard. Use the far right lane to turn right on Burnwell Street. Then turn right on Naval Avenue.
To get to Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor or Keyport, take Interstate 5 (north or south) to Exit 132B to merge onto state Route 16 west (Bremerton). Merge onto state Route 3 north. To get to the Trigger Gate, take the Trigger Avenue exit. To get to the Trident gate, take the exit toward Bangor. To get to the Keyport gate, take state Route 308 east (Keyport). Turn right on McKittrick Road. Make a slight left onto Dowell Road. Then turn right on A Street.
Personnel Support Detachment
Building 1050, Bangor
Those checking in at Naval Base Kitsap will do so at different locations due to the installation’s geographically separated units; check-in procedures also may vary.
The Personnel Support Detachment provides administrative personnel, pay and transportation support. Services include travel claim processing, DEERS support and ID card issuance. In addition to the Personnel Support Detachment, the Fleet & Family Support Program at https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/welcome-aboard or https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/support-programs/relocation-assistance can also provide helpful in-processing information.
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
2750 Sargo Circle, Bangor
Building 865, 120 S. Dewey St.,
Naval Base Kitsap offers five-star accommodations to permanent and visiting personnel including personnel attached to ships undergoing overhaul. A wide variety of services is available to visitors and single military personnel, such conference rooms, entertainment rooms, free washers and dryers, full-service kitchens and much more. Navy Gateway Inns & Suites are within walking distance of the commissary, Navy Exchange, clubs and recreational facilities. Pet-friendly rooms are available. Arrange for temporary quarters as soon as you receive your PCS; check availability and room rates online.
2906 Trigger Ave., Bangor
The Navy Lodge provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for incoming military members and their families. The lodge is conveniently located near the commissary, Navy Exchange, fitness center and other recreational facilities. Pet-friendly rooms are available. Arrange for temporary quarters as soon as you receive your PCS; check availability and room rates online.