NS Newport Community
Gate 1: NS Newport Coaster Harbor Island is open 24/7.
Gate 2: NS Newport Coddington Point (at the end of Third Street extension) is open 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday in support of the morning rush hour and anytime Gate 1 is closed for operational reasons.
Gate 7: Naval Health Clinic New England (off Third Street) is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Gate 17: NS Newport Coddington Cove is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed weekends and holidays.
Gate 23: Naval Undersea Warfare Center (Pier Access Road) is open 24/7.
Gate 32: Naval Undersea Warfare Center (Defense Highway) is open 6:15 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
*Note: Gate hours are subject to change during times of increased force protection measures or for operational reasons.
Access on Board NS Newport
Access control procedures are governed by DOD DTM 09-012, CNICINST 5530.14 (series), COMNAVREGMIDLANTINST 5530.14 (series) and local policy. The Defense Biometrics Identification System, known as DBIDS, is utilized for screening access credentials, badging and pass issuance. Only individuals with a valid DOD-issued identification card or other authorized credentials are allowed unescorted access to NS Newport. Nonaffiliated personnel must be supervised by an authorized escort for the duration of their presence on the installation or be vetted by Pass and ID at least five business days prior to their arrival. Contractors who require access to fulfill their work requirements should be sponsored by the DON Contracting Office and also require vetting by Pass and ID for clearance and DBIDS credentials and pass issuance. Two forms of approved photo identification are required by Pass and ID for identity proofing and vetting.
Can I use that NS Newport Facility?
Not all ID cards grant access to all NS Newport properties.
There are many great benefits to working and having access to NS Newport, but sometimes there is confusion about who is entitled to use which facilities.
NS Newport is open to all individuals officially issued DOD identification cards, but not all individuals are entitled to use all facilities. The following is a list of the types of ID cards issued and what privileges are permitted.
Active duty common access card: Issued to active-duty members and Reservists (drilling). This card grants access privileges to Naval Health Clinic New England medical, commissary, Navy Exchange and all MWR department facilities. These personnel are also entitled to use the Ney Hall galley (only active-duty military and DOD civilians on orders are entitled to eat at the galley).
DD Form 2 ACT (green card): Issued to inactive Ready Reserves personnel. Grants access to the commissary, NEX and all MWR facilities.
DD Form 1173-1 (red card): Issued to Reserve dependents. Grants access to the commissary, NEX and all MWR facilities.
DD Form 1173 (tan card): Issued to active-
duty and active-duty Reserve dependents. Grants access to medical, commissary, NEX and all MWR facilities.
DD Form 2RET (blue and tan card): Issued to all retired military members. Grants access to medical, commissary, NEX and all MWR facilities.
DOD civilian employee ID card: Issued to DOD civilian employees. Grants access to all MWR facilities. DOD civilians are not entitled to use the commissary, NEX or Ney Hall Galley (unless on official orders to the base).
DOD contractor ID card: Similar in appearance to the DOD civilian ID card but with a green stripe. Contractors are entitled to use all Category B and C facilities only (Auto Skills Center, bowling center, Harbor Island Conference Center, Leisure Bay Office, Officers’ Club, Outdoor Recreation and Rental, and tennis courts). Contractors are not authorized to use the fitness facilities or the NS Newport marina and sailing center.
DOD civilian retired ID card: Similar in appearance to the DOD civilian ID card but does not include a security chip. This card entitles the holder access to the base and the MWR Category B and C facilities only (Auto Skills Center, bowling center, Harbor Island Conference Center, Leisure Bay, Officers’ Club, Outdoor Recreation and Rental, marina and tennis courts). DOD retirees are not authorized to use the facilities in the John H. Chafee Fitness Center.
DOD civilian retirees will be issued an SF50 documenting their retirement, which is necessary for them to be issued this ID card.
Having trouble with your ID card at the gates? The technology used in the scanners has changed over the years. If your ID card is 10 years old or more, you may have to get one reissued at the ID office (Building 690) to be able to sync with today’s security technology.
Stay out of Traffic Court!
Each month on board NS Newport a traffic court is convened at the Region Legal Service Office. Did you know that since you are on federal property and under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy you could have your driving privileges revoked for operating a vehicle aboard the naval station if you violate traffic rules?
Naval Station Traffic Court convenes monthly with mandatory appearances by individuals, military and civilian (active-duty personnel, retired personnel and family members), scheduled to appear before the judge for violations ranging from using handheld cellphones while driving (guilty — 6 points); failure to stop at stop signs and no proof of insurance (guilty — 4 points); and speeding (guilty — 4 points) to name a few of the more common infractions.
What would your commute look like if you had to leave your vehicle parked at Building 80 or at the Pass and ID lot? Think about it. If you amass a total of 12 points within a 12-month period you will have your driving privileges suspended for a period of not less than six months.
If you drive on the installation without a valid license, registration or insurance, you will receive an indefinite suspension.
The NS Newport Police Department will continue to patrol, both in marked and unmarked cars, in an effort to keep the installation safe. If you operate a vehicle on board the installation you are subject to the rules and regulations governing safe vehicle operation.
The following traffic offenses are enforced under 32 C.F.R. Part § 210.3(d), via the United States District Court Violation Notice (DD Form 1805) and subject to monetary fine or appearance before the U.S. District Court magistrate for the district of Rhode Island: Conditions requiring reduced speed, handicapped parking offenses, obedience to devices, obedience to stop signs and places where parking or stopping prohibited.
For more information on penalties go to NAVSTANPTINST 5100.1 (series) or check with the NS Newport Safety Office or Police Department. Drive safe and don’t be one of the few that puts the rest of us in danger. Stay out of court.
Attention Boaters and Lobster Fishermen
Restricted areas within Narragansett Bay: Restricted areas and danger zones surrounding NS Newport properties are defined in33 CFR § 334.80, § 334.81, § 334.82. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center has an operational test range off the eastern coast of Gould Island that prohibits anchoring, dragging lines or dropping lobster pots.
NS Newport also has restrictions on activities within the areas off the piers and surrounding Coasters Harbor Island — note current NOAA charts and refer to NAVSTANPTINST 5090.28A restricted areas in navigable waters abutting NS Newport.
The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act exempts active-duty Sailors stationed in Rhode Island from the motor vehicle excise tax.
Motor Vehicle Rules and Regulations (Excessive Speed, Cellphone Use and Formation Protocol)
DOD 5525.4 Enforcement of State Traffic Laws on DOD Installations —
main points follow:
- All persons on a military installation shall comply with locally established vehicular and pedestrian traffic rules and regulations
- All persons on a military installation shall comply with the vehicular and pedestrian traffic laws of the state in which the installation is located.
NAVSTANPTINST 5100.1H Traffic Safety Regulations and Enforcement, dated
April 11, 2017
All drivers must possess, while operating a motor vehicle, produce and surrender upon request of law enforcement or security personnel, the following documents:
- Valid motor vehicle registration.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Military or U.S. government identification.
- Evidence of valid liability insurance.
- Valid motor vehicle inspection certificate, if applicable.
Any other applicable documents (commercial vehicle forms, hazardous material documents, delivery information, etc.).
- 20 mph within NS Newport, unless posted otherwise.
- 15 mph in Training Country (Coddington Point).
- 20 mph in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport complex.
- 10 mph when passing a marching formation.
- 15 mph in all housing areas.
- 15 mph in all parking lots.
- 10 mph proceeding in or out of installation gates.
- Using a cellphone or similar electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle on base is prohibited. This includes Bluetooth devices, smartphones, iPads, texting, etc.
- Factory-installed OEM hands-free options for vehicles are exempt (all phone controls through steering wheel or dash controls).
Parking is only permitted in clearly delineated parking spaces and areas. Parking unregistered, junked or abandoned vehicles, or uncoupled boats and trailers on base is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the NS Newport commanding officer or within the MWR sales or storage lots.
Proper Protocol during the Playing of “Colors” on Military Installations
Individuals driving on the naval station should stop their vehicles upon hearing the first notes of morning or evening colors. Individuals who are not in vehicles but outdoors and hear the notes being played should stop and face the music or the nearest flagpole and render the appropriate honors. This time-honored courtesy to our national ensign is one of the privileges of serving and working on a federal installation and should be followed by all individuals who do so.
Per U.S. Navy Regulations, Chapter 12, the ceremonial hoisting and lowering of the national ensign at 8 a.m. and sunset at a naval command ashore or aboard a ship of the Navy not underway shall be known as morning and evening colors, respectively. “Attention” shall be sounded, followed by the playing of the national anthem by the band (or on NS Newport, a loud speaker system mounted on buildings throughout the installation). At morning colors, the ensign shall be started up at the beginning of the music and hoisted smartly to the peak or truck. At evening colors, the ensign shall be started from the peak or truck at the beginning of the music and the lowering so regulated as to be completed at the last note. At the completion of the music, “carry on” shall be sounded. During colors, vehicles within sight or hearing of the ceremony shall be stopped. Persons riding in such vehicles shall remain seated at attention.
NAVSTANPTINST 5100.1H Traffic Safety, Regulations and Enforcement
- Bicycles shall not be ridden double unless they are designed and equipped to carry more than one person (i.e., a bicycle built for two or one equipped with an approved child or infant seat).
- Bicycle riders must obey all applicable traffic laws, rules and regulations and always yield to pedestrians.
- Bicycles are not permitted on jogging trails or sidewalks.
- Portable headphones, earphones, cellular hands-free devices, iPods or other listening devices that impair recognition of emergency signals, alarms, announcements and the approach of emergency vehicles are prohibited.
- Bicycle riders shall wear brightly colored, reflective clothing between sunset and sunrise.
A bicycle helmet approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission or Snell Memorial Foundation must be worn at all times.
- Bicycles ridden between sunset and sunrise must utilize steady burning or blinking lighting devices consisting of a white light on the front visible from a distance of at least 500 feet and a red light on the rear that is visible from a distance of at least 600 feet.
- Children under 12 years of age may operate bicycles in housing areas only.
- Joggers shall use jogging trails and sidewalks where provided.
- Joggers can wear headphones while running alongside the roads but not near intersections.
- Jogging on roadways is prohibited during peak traffic periods and at night.
- If a sidewalk or path is not provided, joggers shall stay to the left side of the roadway, in a single file, facing oncoming traffic.
- The only authorized jogging areas after sunset are the NS Newport jogging trail, the Coasters Harbor Island physical readiness test running area, and the Nimitz Field and McCool track running area.
- Light-colored clothing and shirts shall be worn at all times.
- At night, or during periods of reduced visibility, personnel are encouraged to wear brightly colored, fluorescent or other reflective garments when running, jogging, walking or traveling near roadways.
- Joggers shall be cautious of vehicles entering the roadway from cross streets or driveways and yield the right of way to personnel walking.
- Joggers shall not run on the bridge roadway between Coasters Harbor Island and the Coddington Point area (Toner Bridge). All joggers should use the old Wennachasett pedestrian bridge (behind the Newport Chalet).
Motorcycle Registration Information and Basic Riders Class General Information
NAVSTANPTINST 5100.1H Traffic Safety, Regulations and Enforcement
- You must possess a valid registration from one of the 50 states, District of Columbia or U.S. territories and maintain the appropriate level of insurance coverage.
- Motorcycles are governed by the same access control requirements as all other motor vehicles.
- You must possess a valid motorcycle license.
Motorcycle Safety Course
- Information concerning applicability, enrollment and training requirements are available by contacting the NS Newport Safety Office at 401-841-2478.
- Head protection: A helmet meeting DOT, Snell Memorial Foundation certification or host nation certification shall be worn and properly fastened under the chin. Fake or novelty helmets are prohibited. Note: Navy regulations require active-duty personnel always wear helmets while operating motorcycles — even in states where the operator is allowed the option of going without.
- Eye protection: Protective eye devices designed for motorcycle operators (impact- or shatter-resistant safety glasses, goggles, wraparound glasses sealing the eye or a face shield properly attached to the helmet) shall be properly worn. A windshield or standard sunglasses or standard eyewear alone are not proper eye protection.
- Foot protection: Sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles shall be worn.
- Protective clothing: Riders and passengers shall wear a long-sleeve shirt or jacket, long trousers and full-fingered gloves or mittens designed for use on a motorcycle. Motorcycle jackets constructed of abrasion resistant materials, such as leather, Kevlar or Cordura, and containing impact-absorbing padding are highly recommended. To enhance the ability of other vehicle operators to see and avoid motorcyclists, outer garments constructed of brightly colored and reflective materials are highly recommended during daylight hours. Reflective outer garments or vest shall be worn during nighttime hours.
GETTING IT DONE
School Liaison Officer and Services
Office: Building 1376
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special hours are available by appointment.
Do you have school-aged children? Then, the school liaison officer is looking for you.
The NS Newport installation school liaison officer serves as the installation subject-matter expert for youth education, transition, kindergarten through grade 12 and deployment issues. The school liaison officer’s role includes seven core duties, which include communication (installation, community and school), school transition services, special education system navigation, deployment support, partnerships in education, home school linkage and support, and postsecondary presentation.
If you are a military family with school-age children, moving can be complicated by the unknown factors related to the schools in the area of your new duty station. In order to prepare for a smooth transition, it is essential that you plan ahead and gather the necessary information about the schools your children will be attending during the next academic year before you arrive at your new home.
At NS Newport, Pamela Martin, the SLO, is available to help you navigate the local educational system as you PCS in and can help you prepare for your next move by putting you in contact with the SLO at your new duty station.
Registration information for Newport County schools follows.
Newport Public Schools: Registration is by appointment only. For elementary children (grades K-4), call 401-847-2100, ext. 279. For middle school students in fifth to eighth grade, call the Thompson Middle School Guidance Department at 401-847-1493. For high school students in ninth to 12th grade, call the Rogers High School Guidance Department at 401-847-6235. Go to www.npsri.net/domain/64 to book an appointment and access the registration forms.
Middletown Public Schools: Registration is by appointment only. For kindergarten to 12th grade registration, call 401-849-2122,
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Go to www.mpsri.net/page.cfm?p=983 to access registration forms and procedures.
Portsmouth Public Schools: Go to www.portsmouthschoolsri.org or call 401-683-1039 for registration information.
Jamestown Public Schools: Registration is a two-step process. Step 1 may be done in advance online. Go to https://jsd-ri.schoolloop.com for instructions.
Tiverton Public Schools: Registration is by appointment only. Call 401-624-8475, option 5 to schedule an appointment. Go to www.tivertonschools.org to download the registration forms. Select the Central Administration tab and then click on Student Registration in the drop-down menu.
Little Compton Public Schools: Call 401-635-2351 or stop by Monday through Friday at 28 Commons, Little Compton, RI 02837. Registration packets are available online at www.lcsd.k12.ri.us/domain/42.
Rental Lease Review — Soldier and Sailor Civil Relief Act
The Housing Office in Building 690 is available to review your off-base (non-PPV) rental lease before you sign it. Rhode Island law now exempts military members from a month rent penalty in their lease contracts if they receive orders for deployment or PSC before the end of the lease period.
NS Newport Housing can verify if you are adequately covered and if not, can assist you with having your landlord include the military clause in your rental agreement. Do yourself a favor and take the time before you sign. Call 401-841-4545 or 401-841-2232 for more information.
Post Office (U.S. Post Office)
The U.S. Post Office on NS Newport is open 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday. Postal boxes are available to military personnel, their family members and civilian personnel who work on the base. These boxes are accessible 24/7. The post office can be reached by calling 401-851-6972.
Vehicle Registration Tax Information
The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act exempts non-Rhode Island residents on active duty in Rhode Island from motor vehicle excise tax. Any non-Rhode Island resident considering getting a Rhode Island license plate, or who has already obtained a Rhode Island license plate, should file an application with their town assessors’ office (if you live on base, file in Newport). This exempts the military person, not their dependents, from paying vehicle tax. It does not exempt a vehicle owned by a leasing company and leased to a military person. It is only in force for the period you are permanently assigned to NS Newport.
Once departing Rhode Island, and after a reasonable time (30 days), it is assumed you have decided to keep the registration and accept the responsibility of paying the tax. Plates and registration cards must be returned to the Rhode Island DMV, 100 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.
You should request a cancellation receipt (TR-3) and mail a copy of that receipt to the Rhode Island town in which you resided. For more information, go to www.dmv.ri.gov and remember to ask the registry about this exemption.
The U.S. Army Newport Veterinary Clinic, in Building 1255, Whipple Street, next to Leisure Bay, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. one Saturday a month. Pets are seen by appointment only. Call 401-841-3994 to schedule an appointment or for information.
Only active-duty military personnel, their dependents, Reservists, National Guard members and retired military personnel are authorized to use the clinic.
The clinic offers wellness exams, minor sick call exams, routine vaccinations, pet supplies, including flea and tick prevention, and health certificate preparation and exams.
Coyote or Geese Complaints?
Contact the NAVFAC MIDLANT, NS Newport Environmental Office at 401-841-6378.
Naval War College Museum
Located in Founders Hall on Coasters Harbor Island at NS Newport, this free museum is an excellent place to visit to learn more about the maritime history of New England, and take in the special exhibits and presentations they host. The museum is ranked one of the Top 10 college museums nationally. More information on the museum is available at www.usnwc.edu/NWC-Museum or by calling 401-841-2101.
Swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving is not permitted (IAW 33 CFR § 334.81 and 33 CFR § 334.82).
Drone and Remote Control Vehicle Use
Ref: NAVSTANPTINST 5030.1 NS Newport Drones, Unmanned, Remote Controlled Systems
- The operation of any remote-controlled or remote-operated robotics or unmanned system, including but not limited to cars, boats, planes, helicopters, drones or watercraft, is prohibited without the express consent of the commanding officer of NS Newport. See the instruction for further information at www.cnic.navy.mil/newport.
- Recreational use of drones within the fence line of NS Newport (to include the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and Naval Health Clinic New England compounds) for non-mission-essential and recreational reasons is expressly forbidden. Permission to use a drone must be requested using instructions outlined in the NAVSTANPTINST 5030.1 instruction.
Windsurfing and related activities are not permitted (IAW 33 CFR § 334.81 and 33 CFR § 334.82).
Ref: NAVSTANPTINST 5090.25E Bow Hunting Procedures
Only bow hunting is authorized. Deer hunting at NS Newport is restricted to bow hunting only. A compound bow is the only authorized weapon for hunting on NS Newport property. The use of firearms for deer hunting is prohibited and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
All state and federal wildlife rules and regulations apply.
The NS Newport Environmental Program manager oversees the base hunting program. Call 401-841-6377.
*See also NAVSTANPTINST 5530.7C Privately Owned Weapons and Ammo on NS Newport and 18 USC § 930.
Ref: NAVSTANPTINST 5090.26B
- Recreational Fishing Procedures
- Fishing is only authorized in designated areas. Pier 2 and the quay wall area are currently closed for environmental restoration.
- All state and federal wildlife rules and regulations apply and a NS Newport fishing license is required for all persons fishing on or from NS Newport property. A NS Newport fishing license and permit is $10 and is issued by MWR through the Outdoor Recreation office at 401-841-2568.
The NS Newport Environmental Program manager oversees the recreational fishing program. Call 401-841-6377.