NAVAL STATION NEWPORT: IN-DEPTH WELCOME CENTER
IntroductionWelcome to Naval Station Newport, just outside historic Newport, Rhode Island! In the cradle of the American Revolution, the commander of the first Continental Navy, Rhode Islander Esek Hopkins, used the Narragansett Bay as a haven for his small fleet. During the Civil War, Newport was the temporary site of the US Naval Academy to avoid the capture of its cadets by the Confederates. The base was formally established in 1869 and rose to importance in World War II where it produced 80% of American torpedos. WWII was when it became a major training base and was the site where John F Kennedy attended the training. The base is now the site of the Navy’s Center of Learning Excellence. It serves as the premier training site for officers, officer candidates, senior enlisted, midshipman as well as undersea warfare and development systems. The base covers 1,339 acres of the western shore of Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Island. It is home to 8,000 personnel who make up the 50 Navy, Marine Corps, Army Reserve, Coast Guard, and NOAA commands as well as the 17,000 students who pass through training and education programs annually. Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Naval Station Newport to help aid you in your transition to your new home.
- Where Is Naval Station Newport?
- Google Map View
- Getting There – Directions to the Base
- Entering Naval Station Newport and Base Amenities
- Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
- Naval Station Newport Visitor Center
- Naval Station Newport DEERS Office
- Naval Station Newport Gate Hours
- Naval Station Newport Commissary
- Naval Station Newport Exchange
- Naval Station Newport Barber Shops
- Naval Station Newport Post Office
- Naval Station Newport Finance Office
- Naval Station Newport Legal Office
- Naval Station Newport Library
- Naval Station Newport Hotels
- Where Should I Live Near Naval Station Newport?
- What Schools are Near Naval Station Newport?
- What’s the Weather Like in Naval Station Newport?
- Things to Do Near Naval Station Newport
Where Is Naval Station Newport?Naval Station Newport is located just outside Newport, Rhode Island on the island of Aquidneck.
Naval Station Newport690 Peary St Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-3456
Naval Station Newport Map
Directions to Naval Station Newport
Driving Directions to Naval Station Newport
If Driving South on I-95 from Boston
- Take I-95 South
- Follow signs to Route 24, Fall River, MA
- Follow Route 24 S (Fall River/Newport Signs) to Route 114 South into Newport
- Proceed south on West Main Rd/Route 114 to Coddington Hwy (turn right)
- Proceed into the traffic circle
If Driving North on I-95 for NY, NJ, or CT
- Take I-95 N to Route 138 East (Exit 3)
- Take a right off Exit 3. Drive 12 miles until the intersection of Route 138 and Route 1.
- Take a left onto Route 1 North then take Jamestown/Newport exit
- Cross the Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge and continue on the cross-island highway to Claiborne Pell (Newport) Bridge. (There is a $4 toll).
- Proceed to the last exit and follow signs for Admiral Kalbfus Rd/US Navy Base.
- Turn right onto Admiral Kalfbus Rd, turn right at the rotary and proceed to Gate 1.
Naval Station Newport Transportation OfficeWhen moving, the Transportation Office will assist you in your move, whether it be a government move or a do-it-yourself (DITY) move. Check out our handy guides to types of moves here.
Naval Station Newport Household Goods / Transportation Office690 Peary St Newport, RI, 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-4896 or 1 (800) 235-7776 or 1 (800) 345-7512
Naval Station Newport Transportation Office Hours
Monday through Friday: 0730-1630
Entering Naval Station Newport and Base AmenitiesGuards will conduct a 100% ID check at all gates. All visitors must have a valid military ID or proceed to the visitor control center for a pass. Due to current COVID measures, be sure to show your IDs with the barcodes facing the guard so that they may scan them without touching them. Pass information and entry requirements can be found here.
Naval Station Newport Visitor Control CenterVandenberg Gate, Bldg 1617 Naval Station Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 225-6642
Hours: Monday through Friday: 0600-2000
Check-in Procedures for Incoming PersonnelWith more than 50 commands on the base, check-in procedures will depend on your new unit. Members should contact their sponsor for command direction regarding check-in procedures. Members should arrive between 0700 and 1600 in the uniform of the day with their orders endorsed and extra copies. It is always a good idea to hand-carry the following during check-in:
- Military ID/Passport/Driver’s License
- Copies of your endorsed orders
- Travel claim paperwork and all relevant receipts
- Vehicle paperwork (registration and proof of insurance)
- Financial paperwork
- Marriage or birth certificates for dependents
Naval Station Newport Visitor Center
Naval Station Newport Visitor/Welcome Center690 Peary St Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-3456
Naval Station Newport DEERS OfficeIn order to schedule an appointment with the ID Card or DEERS office, use this link.
Naval Station Newport ID Card Section/DEERS690 Peary St Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-3021
Naval Station Newport ID Card/DEERS Hours
Monday through Friday: 0730-1600
Naval Station Newport Gate HoursGate hours and status can be found here or on their Facebook page.
Gate 1 - Main Gate- Open 24/7 unless holiday hours are in effect.
Gate 2- 3rd St. Open Monday through Friday from 0630-0830 for inbound traffic only.
Gate 10- Closed until further notice.
Gate 17- North Gate - Open Monday through Friday from 0600-1800.
7- Open Monday through Friday 0600-1800.
NUWC Gate 23- Open 24/7 for commuters.
NUWC Gate 32- Open Monday through Friday from 0600-0900 & 1530-1730.
Newport CommissaryPick up groceries, dine, and shop in the department store-style exchanges located conveniently on base.
Naval Station Newport Commissary1163 Whipple St Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-2111/2112
Newport Commissary Hours
Tuesday through Saturday: 0900-1900
NEX Newport1250 Hacker Ave, Bldg 1250 Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-1399
Naval Station Newport Exchange Hours
Monday through Saturday: 0900-1900
Naval Station Newport Barber Shops
King Hall BarbershopKing Hall, Bldg 291 Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-2563
- Closed until further notice.
Main Exchange Barbershop1250 Hacker Ave, Bldg 1250 Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-4387
Monday through Saturday: 0800-1800
Naval War College BarbershopBldg 991 Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-3818
- Closed until further notice
Naval Station Newport Post OfficeGet your letters and packages delivered where they need to go properly and on time with the help of the Naval Station Newport Post Office.
Naval Station Newport Post Office1900 Peary St, Bldg 1900 Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 851-6972
Monday through Friday: 1000-1330
- PO Boxes accessible 24/7
Consolidated Mail CenterBldg 47 Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-3247
Monday through Friday: 0700-1530
Naval Station Newport FinanceThe Finance Office offers financial help to all service members and their families.
Naval Station Newport Personal Financial Management Services Office1260 Peary St Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-2283
Naval Station Newport Finance Hours
Monday through Friday: 0730-1600
Naval Station Newport Legal OfficeActive duty, dependents, and retirees are eligible for legal assistance in most areas. For a full list of what services the office can perform and which services on which they can only provide legal advice, check their website here.
Legal Services Office360 Elliot St Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-3766
Naval Station Newport Legal Office Walk-In Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday- 0900 - 1100 and 1200 - 1400
Naval Station Newport LibraryNaval Station Newport is home to the Naval War College and the Center of Learning Excellence. There are many educational opportunities through the library and education center.
Naval Station Newport Library1260 Peary St Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 841-2283
Hotels Near Naval Station Newport
Navy Gateway Inns and Suites1688 Peary Rd Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 367-6412
Navy Lodge Newport1354 Whipple St Newport, RI 02841
Phone: 1 (401) 849-4500
Newport Chalet Navy Hotel1290 Peary St Newport, RI 02841
Phone:1 (401) 841-0800
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Where Should I Live Near Naval Station Newport?If you’re considering living on base, check out the available on-base housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off base.
Cities Near Naval Station NewportNaval Station Newport sits up against the town of Newport and only 45 minutes (34 miles) south of the state capital of Providence. In the surrounding area are the towns of Jamestown, Portsmouth, and Middletown.
Best Places to Live Near Naval Station NewportThere are great communities in the nearby area with affordable housing options for both buying and renting. The area surrounding the base has a cost of living that is higher than the national average due to its location in a tourist area of the New England coast. Those families looking to buy will find it an amazing investment opportunity.
MiddletownThis little town has the highly-rated neighborhoods of Slate Hill Farm and Paradise Valley. With only a 2.8 mile commute to the base plus access to the Middletown School District, this is a very convenient spot to live.
PortsmouthOnly 9 miles from base, this town is home to the top-rated neighborhood “The Point”.
NewportRight next to the base and a busy tourist town, there are plenty of places to rent and picturesque New England houses to buy. Toppa Blvd between Bliss and Kay is the highest rated neighborhood in the area.
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Naval Station Newport SchoolsThere are no DoD schools on Naval Station Newport. There are six school districts located in Newport County, three of which are on Aquidneck Island itself. Your first step in getting children enrolled should always be to contact your School Liaison Officer at 1 (401) 841-7126. The Lincoln Public School System just outside base serves preschool through 8th grade. High school students are transported to Bedford High School or Shawsheen Valley Tech High School.
Newport Public Schools15 Wickham Rd Rd Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 1 (401) 619-5384 This district serves the town right next to base and is made of one elementary school (PreK-4th grade), one middle school (Grade 5-8), one high school, one career and technical center, and one early college academy.
Middletown Public Schools26 Oliphant Lane Middletown, RI 02842
Phone: 1 (401) 849-2122 Middletown Public Schools consists of two elementary schools (PreK-3rd grade), one middle school (4th grade -8th), and one high school.
Portsmouth School Department29 Middle Rd Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: 1 (401) 683-1039 This district consists of two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
Jamestown School District76 Melrose Ave Jamestown, RI 02835
Phone: 1 (401) 423-7020 This district consists of only two schools; one elementary (PreK-4) and one middle school (5-8). For any questions or help, your school liaison officer is there to assist you in your transition.
Naval Station Newport WeatherNaval Station Newport is on the New England coast. That means the summers are warm and the winters are freezing and windy. The summer highs typically average from 71 to 79. Lows are between 57 and 66. Winter lows can vary from 24 to 32 degrees while winter highs average around 38 to 46. The Summers are only mildly humid in late July and early August and it is partly cloudy year-round. Precipitation is fairly consistent between 23-31%. The snowy period lasts about four months between late November and April 1 where most of the snow falls in February.
Naval Station Newport Things to DoThe Newport area is a coastal tourist area with lots of beautiful water and coastal activities. The cliff walks and ocean drives and beaches are lovely ways to pass an afternoon and take in the beautiful coastal views. There are gorgeous museums and New England mansions such as Rosecliff Mansion or the Breakers Vanderbilt Cottage which showcase incredible New England wealth. For the beer lovers, the iconic Narragansett brewery will soon open a brand new upgraded brewery which will offer tours and tastings. Also, check out the Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Company and Taproot Brewing Co. For wine lovers, visit the Newport Vineyards. Newport has been called one of the best walking cities in the US. For shopping, there are many wonderful shops and art galleries in the Thames Street Landing area. Visit the Newport City website here to see which shops are open for browsing or offer curbside pickup and delivery.
Suggested Read:21 Of the Best Naval Station Newport Things to Do
Restaurants Near Naval Station NewportHere are three top restaurants located near Naval Station Newport recommended by TripAdvisor.
1. Restaurant Bouchard, French 505 Thames St Newport, RI 02420
Phone: 1 (401) 846-0123 An artful French cuisine experience featuring veal, salmon, dover sole, and tenderloin beef.
2. Corner Cafe, American Cafe 110 Broadway Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 1 (401) 846-0606 A nice easy breakfast and lunch spot with outdoor seating where you can grab some stuffed french toast or eggs benedict before kicking off a day of walking.
3. The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn, American, Seafood 590 Ocean Ave Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 1 (888) 466-1355 In the beautiful historic Agassiz Mansion built in 1875, this waterfront spot has breakfast to dinner made by Chef Lou Rossi and his renowned culinary team. Looking to explore more options? Check out the 15 of the Best Naval Station Newport Restaurants.
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ConclusionWelcome to Newport and enjoy your time on the water! New assignments and training can be tough but we hope that, with this guide, you’ll get settled and on your feet quickly so you can enjoy all the delights that the surrounding bay and towns have to offer. Be sure to check out the related articles for more in-depth guides on housing, restaurants, things to do, and schools.
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