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Our Military at Naval Base Kitsap

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Naval Base Kitsap took its present name and form when installations at Bremerton, Bangor, Keyport, Manchester and Jackson Park in Kitsap County were consolidated into a single entity June 4, 2004. Located on the lush Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state, the base encompasses more than 10,000 acres, supporting nearly 70 tenant commands. It is the largest naval installation in the Northwest and is the third largest in the United States. The base serves as the host command for the Navy’s fleet throughout the Pacific Northwest, providing installation services, programs and facilities to meet the needs of its hosted war-fighting commands, tenant activities and personnel.

Flag commands at Naval Base Kitsap include Commander, Navy Region Northwest; Commander, Submarine Group 9; and the John C. Stennis Strike Group. Other large commands and organizations include the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility; Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport; Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest; Naval Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center Puget Sound; Naval Hospital Bremerton; Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific; and the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion. Two aircraft carriers are homeported at Naval Base Kitsap: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Population

Approximately 35,000 military and civilian personnel (including contractors) make up the workforce at Naval Base Kitsap and its tenant commands.

History

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Naval Base Kitsap was created in 2004 when the Navy consolidated Naval Station Bremerton and Naval Submarine Base Bangor into one base as part of its resource-optimizing Sea Enterprise Initiative, along with all their associated entities in Bremerton, Bangor, Keyport, Manchester, Jackson Park, Indian Island, the Nanoose Range off Canada’s Vancouver Island, and Behm Canal near Ketchikan, Alaska. Though separated geographically, their common purpose is to support U.S. operations and the fleet.

Naval Base Kitsap – Bremerton

In 1891, the Navy bought its first land for a Pacific Northwest shipyard on the Bremerton waterfront from German immigrant and entrepreneur William Bremer along waters sheltered by the Sinclair and Dyes inlets. The area became the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Originally a repair operation, World War I brought it to the fore as a shipbuilder for vessels from submarines to small boats, and in 1933 it added one of the nation’s tallest cranes, the 250-foot Hammerhead Crane No. 28, able to hoist 250 tons, which is still a skyline landmark.

World War II refocused the yard on repairs and upgrades, and in the war’s wake, many ships that had seen fierce fighting were mothballed at Bremerton, including the USS Missouri, site of the formal Japanese surrender Sept. 2, 1945. Now a museum ship in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that battleship was Bremerton’s main tourist attraction from 1955 to its recommission in 1985. Its place has been taken by the retired destroyer USS Turner Joy, opened to the public in 1992.

Shipbuilding at the facility was discontinued in 1979, and these days the installation, one of four naval shipyards, handles dry dock, overhaul, maintenance and recycling services for nuclear-powered vessels as well as providing surface ship support. It is the Pacific Northwest’s largest naval shore facility and one of Washington state’s largest industrial installations. In 1998, the Navy made Bremerton a homeport, and today it homeports two aircraft carriers, the USS John C. Stennis and the USS Nimitz.

In 2002, the Navy launched Sea Enterprise (an initiative to establish principles that reward greater effectiveness while eliminating institutional hurdles to innovation), which ultimately led to Naval Base Kitsap’s organizational structure as we know it.

Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor

North of Bremerton on the Kitsap Peninsula’s west side, fronting the Hood Canal, Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor began as an ammunition depot for munitions headed for World War II’s Pacific theater. The Navy bought 7,676 acres there near the town of Bangor for the U.S. Naval Magazine, and the depot shipped conventional weaponry overseas in response to national needs from January 1945 to January 1973, the year naval officials decided to make Bangor the homeport for the first squadron of Trident nuclear-powered submarines. This included plans for a submarine base; a missile processing facility (the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific) to on-load, off-load, repair and care for submarines’ missile systems; and Trident refit and personnel training facilities. Bangor’s new naval submarine base activated Feb. 1, 1977. The Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Pacific Northwest, was established four years later, in 1981, as the primary maintenance facility for the West Coast Trident submarine fleet, a year before the arrival of the USS Ohio, the first Trident based in the Pacific. Since then progressive consolidations with similar Navy operations in Everett and Bremerton, then the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (2003), have confirmed its command status as the Intermediate Maintenance Facility portion of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. The IMF concentrates on hull, mechanical, electrical, electronics and weapons systems repairs for submarines.

Manchester Fuel Depot

In 1889, the U.S. War Department bought waterfront land in Manchester to bolster Puget Sound defenses, acreage that was turned to use during World War I to test torpedoes and to stockpile fuel, such as coal and oil. The property was transferred to the Navy in 1919, and 20 years down the road, with World War II looming, the Navy developed it as a West Coast fuel depot, building a long pier for refueling ships (1940). Today, the Manchester Fuel Depot is the largest depot for military fuel in the continental U.S. It meets military and federal needs throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and the western Pacific, though much of its capacity is devoted to fuel for Navy and aircraft carrier jets.

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport

The Navy’s only depot for maintaining and repairing torpedoes and undersea mobile targets, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport has other areas of involvement that include undersea warfare systems, mobile mines and unmanned underwater vehicles. In addition to its local ranges, it has several remote test and evaluation sites in Hawaii, Southern California, Nevada, British Columbia and Guam. The center is about 7 miles east of Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor on Liberty Bay, north of Port Orchard. The U.S. Naval Undersea Museum is next to the warfare center.

The torpedo center has been in Keyport since 1914, when the Navy determined it needed closer maintenance for its Pacific fleet torpedoes than Newport, Rhode Island, the Navy’s only depot for torpedo testing and repairing at that time.

By 1919, the station had grown to include a contingent of U.S. Marines for security, U.S. Navy divers for torpedo recovery work, and a small civilian workforce learning the emerging art and science of testing and maintaining torpedoes. In 1930, the base was renamed the United States Naval Torpedo Station but, then as now, was often simply referred to as Keyport.

World War II shifted Keyport’s testing and repairs into high speed, and during the war years, as many as 100 torpedoes were tested each day. The Cold War followed that war’s end, and Keyport expanded its operations and technology to include the world’s first 3D undersea tracking range. By 1966, Keyport was testing nearly every torpedo that the Navy used and extended its operations beyond the Pacific Northwest, even to the Arctic Ocean, where it helped carry out naval undersea tests.

Today, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport’s areas of operation embrace land and air as well as water for its array of services and products for the U.S. Navy, other military branches and allied militaries.

Nanoose Range (Canada)

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport under Naval Base Kitsap and the Canadian military jointly operate Canada’s Nanoose Range off the east side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The area has been used to test torpedoes, sonar and other equipment for undersea warfare.

Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (Ketchikan, Alaska)

Naval Base Kitsap has used its Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility in the Behm Canal near Ketchikan since 1992 to determine how noisy its submarines are when they’re submerged, both traveling and at rest. Tests determine the sources of any noise and try to reduce or eliminate it to reduce vulnerability and increase stealth. Though submarines are the principal subjects, any vessel can be evaluated. Alaska’s Behm Canal was chosen for the operation because the remote fjord has little ambient noise or noise interference.

Naval Magazine Indian Island

As one of the main U.S. Navy munitions handlers, Naval Magazine Indian Island, south of Port Townsend on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, occupies the whole 4.4-square-mile island. The depot supplies armaments to submarines, Military Sealift Command and naval combat ships, and joint and allied forces. The location’s name, formerly Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Detachment Port Hadlock, was changed to Ammunition Depot Indian Island in April 2000 (later to Naval Magazine Indian Island), and its command was transferred to the Pacific Northwest from a series of commands in the Southwest. It began in 1941 as the Navy’s Naval Magazine and Net Depot to store munitions and assemble mines and submarine nets. Today, it provides technical support of ordnance and ordnance-related equipment and processes and logistics management as the only active break-bulk and containerized ordnance transshipment port in support of the joint services of the Pacific Command.

Naval Hospital Bremerton

Bremerton has had a naval hospital almost from the beginning; the first on land began operating out of a small wood-frame building shortly after the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard opened in the 1890s. It soon moved into a brick hospital building on a hillside overlooking the shipyard, with multiple expansions over the years, until its transfer to a new facility in Jackson Park, about 5 miles north of Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton, in 1980. This accredited, community-based acute care and obstetrical hospital has 25 inpatient beds and several ambulatory, acute and specialty clinics, including branch clinics at Bangor, Everett and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The hospital provides care to more than 60,000 eligible military families in the region.

 

Organizations

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COMMANDER, NAVY REGION NORTHWEST

Commander, Navy Region Northwest provides consolidated base operations support for Navy activities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. The commander oversees the assigned shore organization and provides facilities and space management, exercise coordination, and support to homeported and transient ships, submarines, and aircraft as well as afloat and ashore tenants, military and family members.

COMMANDER, SUBMARINE GROUP 9

Subordinate to Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Submarine Group 9 has administrative control over assigned submarine commands and units in the Pacific Northwest. The group commander monitors shipboard training, personnel, supply and material readiness of ballistic missile submarines and their crews. The commander is also responsible for nuclear submarines undergoing conversion or overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.

JOHN C. STENNIS STRIKE GROUP

The John C. Stennis Strike Group synchronizes the capabilities of multiple ships and squadrons to provide coordinated forward presence around the globe. Its forces, up to 10 ships and 70 aircraft, are mission flexible and ready to engage. From sustained air operations to maritime interdiction, the group projects American power.

USS John C. Stennis

USS John C. Stennis is 4.5 acres of sovereign U.S. territory capable of traveling to the furthest reaches of the globe. Stennis and her crew provide forward presence and credible deterrence. They conduct sustained air operations, maritime interdiction, counter-piracy operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

As the John C. Stennis Strike Group flagship, Stennis hosts an embarked air wing and deploys with as many as six ships. The ship is named after Sen. Stennis, a 41-year statesman from Mississippi.

More than 3,000 men and women live and work aboard the ship.

PUGET SOUND NAVAL SHIPYARD AND INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE FACILITY

The mission of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility is to maintain, modernize and retire the Navy’s fleet. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility provide the Navy with maintenance, modernization, recycling and support that helps assure America’s dominance at sea. It has permanent sites in Bremerton, Bangor and Everett, Washington; in San Diego, California; and at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. The shipyard in Bremerton is the Pacific Northwest’s largest naval shore facility and one of Washington state’s largest industrial installations. The Intermediate Maintenance Facility is the largest command at Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor.

NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIVISION KEYPORT

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center at Keyport provides technical leadership, engineering expertise and unique facility complexes that serve to ensure sustainment of undersea warfare superiority for the United States. As one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport’s mission is focused on developing and applying advanced technical capabilities to test, evaluate, field, and maintain undersea warfare systems and related defense assets.

Keyport’s primary site is on the Puget Sound, but in order to provide ready support to fleet operational forces at all major Navy homeports in the Pacific, Keyport also maintains detachments in Southern California and Hawaii, an operating site in Guam and an office in Japan. An operating site in Hawthorne, Nevada, is used for storage and maintenance of undersea mines. Naval Sea Logistics Center, an echelon five command under Keyport, is in Pennsylvania and has satellite offices mostly on the East Coast. Keyport also has a presence in Canada in partnership with the Royal Canadian Navy for undersea range operations.

Keyport’s technical complexes are recognized national assets and include more than 2.3 million square feet of specialized technical facilities and nearly 2,000 square nautical miles of undersea ranges. The highly trained and diverse workforce of engineers, scientists, technicians and industrial craftsmen are developing, maintaining and providing technical solutions to meet fleet material and operational readiness needs.

NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND NORTHWEST

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest is a complex, multimission, echelon four command reporting to Commander, NAVFAC Atlantic. NAVFAC Northwest has public works departments at Kitsap, Whidbey Island and Everett. The geographic area of responsibility covers 11 states: Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Wyoming.

NAVFAC Northwest’s diversified programs support planning, design, contracting and construction (including the acquisition and disposal of real estate for the Navy) and assist client activities in the application of specialized programs such as energy, environment and base closures.

NAVAL SUPPLY SYSTEMS COMMAND, FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER PUGET SOUND

Located on the shores of Puget Sound at Naval Base Kitsap – Bremerton, Naval Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center Puget Sound provides a variety of logistics support services and products to fleet and shore commands of the U.S. Navy and other military commands and governmental agencies in the Pacific Rim. The Navy’s regional broker for Commander, Navy Region Northwest, NAVSUP FLC Puget Sound is staffed with 68 Navy personnel and 322 civilian employees. The center delivers combat capability through logistics by teaming with regional partners and customers to provide supply chain management, procurement, contracting and transportation services, technical and customer support, defense fuel products and worldwide movement of personal property.

STRATEGIC WEAPONS FACILITY PACIFIC

Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific provides strategic missile and weapon system support to the fleet and other designated activities. The facility provides the capability of assembly, storage, checkout, onload and offload of missiles; ensures custody, accountability and control of strategic weapons and material; publishes and maintains START procedures and conducts START inspections; and provides technical engineering services for guidance, missile and launcher support equipment.

MARINE CORPS SECURITY FORCE BATTALION

Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor secures strategic assets within the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific area of responsibility in order to prevent unauthorized access or loss of control. Additionally, the battalion is prepared to conduct recapture or recovery operations in order to regain control of compromised strategic assets.

USS NIMITZ

USS Nimitz is a supercarrier of the U.S. Navy. One of the largest warships in the world, she was laid down, launched and commissioned as CVAN 68 but was later redesignated CVN 68 (nuclear-powered, multimission aircraft carrier) on June 30, 1975, as part of the fleet realignment. Nimitz was homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, until 1987, when she was relocated to Naval Station Bremerton, Washington (now part of Naval Base Kitsap).

Following her refueling and complex overhaul in 2001, her homeport was changed to Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego. The homeport of Nimitz was again moved to Naval Station Everett, Washington, in 2012. In January 2015, Nimitz changed homeport from Everett back to Naval Base Kitsap.

Nimitz is now the oldest American aircraft carrier in active service. She is named after the great military leader Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz. The ship is part of Carrier Strike Group 11 at Naval Station Everett.

Arrival

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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

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.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

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.

Ferry Routes

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.

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

Personnel Support Detachment

Building 1050, Bangor
360-396-5732
www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrnw/installations/navbase_kitsap.html 

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.

TEMPORARY LODGING

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites

2750 Sargo Circle, Bangor
877-628-9233
http://ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Kitsap-Bangor-NB 

Building 865, 120 S. Dewey St.,
Bremerton
877-628-9233
http://ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Kitsap-Bremerton-NB 

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.

Navy Lodge

2906 Trigger Ave., Bangor
360-779-9100
www.navy-lodge.com/lodge_page.html?p_lodge_number=36 

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.

 

Getting Settled

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HEALTH CARE

Naval Hospital Bremerton

One Boone Road, Bremerton 360-475-4000
Appointments 800-404-4506
Branch Health Clinic Bangor 360-315-4391
Branch Health Clinic Everett 425-304-4060

Branch Health Clinic

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 360-476-2508
Nurse Advice Line 800-874-2273, Option 1
Pharmacy 360-475-4425

www.med.navy.mil/sites/nhbrem 

Naval Hospital Bremerton is an accredited, community-based acute care and obstetrical hospital. The facility has 25 inpatient beds and several ambulatory, acute and specialty clinics, including branch clinics at Bangor, Everett and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The hospital provides care to more than 60,000 eligible military families in the region.

The hospital and its clinics provide multiple medical services, including a birth center, dentistry, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, mental health, optometry, ophthalmology, pediatrics, radiology, substance abuse rehabilitation, urgent care and more. Visit the hospital online for more information.

Dental care services are dedicated to the oral care of military service members. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Program information is available by visiting www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.

TRICARE

TRICARE is the health care program for active-duty and retired service members, their families and survivors. TRICARE provides health plans, prescriptions, dental plans and other special health programs to its beneficiaries. TRICARE’s mission is to enhance the Department of Defense and the nation’s security by providing health support for the full range of military operations and sustaining the health of all those entrusted to their care.

TRICARE offers a range of health care plans. TRICARE Prime is the mandatory health care option for active-duty service members. Family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families may also use this option. If you use TRICARE Prime, you are assigned a primary care manager at a military or network provider who delivers most of your care. If you need care your PCM cannot provide, you are referred to a specialist. Active-duty service members and their families pay nothing out of pocket for this option; however, there is less freedom to choose your provider. On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Standard and Extra were combined into a new plan, TRICARE Select. Select is a standardized fee-for-service plan available to family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families. After you enroll in TRICARE Select, you may schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized provider. Referrals are not required, but you may need prior authorization from your regional contractor for some services. You will pay a copay or cost share based on the type of care and provider you see. Costs for Select vary, but you will pay an annual deductible as well as a percentage of covered services. Non-network providers may charge up to 15 percent more than the TRICARE allowable charge; you are responsible for these extra charges. TRICARE also offers plans for remote and overseas locations, reserve military members, young adults who are no longer covered under regular TRICARE coverage and other scenarios.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable, so it moves with you when you relocate. Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:

  • Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
  • Update your personal information in DEERS immediately when you arrive at your new location.
  • Select a new primary care manager.

If you are already using TRICARE Select, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area. Remember, you may have a new regional contractor and claims filing address.

TRICARE’s online tools can help you find and compare plans that you are qualified to use. Beginning in 2019, however, TRICARE will allow you to switch between plans only if you have a “qualifying life event” such as the birth of a baby or a move. For a complete description of the types of coverage programs and regions, visit www.tricare.mil. For more information about recent changes to TRICARE, visit https://tricare.mil/changes.

HOUSING

Housing Service Center

2720 Ohio St., Bangor
800-876-7022
https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/housing 

The Naval Base Kitsap Housing Service Center is ready to help you transition to your new home and community. Use its resources to become familiar with available housing options and support services. When you arrive at Naval Base Kitsap, visit the center for valuable information, counseling and guidance before signing any lease or sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

Bangor and Keyport 360-930-6830
Bremerton 360-824-3337
Naval Hospital Bremerton 360-475-4334
https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/housing/unaccompanied-housing 

Unaccompanied Housing is available at Bangor, Bremerton, Keyport and Naval Hospital Bremerton. Unaccompanied housing provides safe, clean, secure and comfortable accommodations. Amenities include TV lounges, laundry facilities and game rooms. For more information on check-in procedures for each location, visit the Unaccompanied Housing website.

Family Housing

2720 Ohio St., Bangor
800-876-7022
www.northwestmilitaryhousing.com 

At Naval Base Kitsap, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt Military Communities, which owns the family housing and is responsible for constructing, maintaining, repairing and managing the community.

For comprehensive information about homes and amenities in the Kitsap privatized housing community, visit the Pacific Northwest Communities website.

MAIL

Postal Services

2650 Ohio St., Bangor
360-396-6141

Building 502, Bremerton
800-275-8777

www.usps.com 

A full-service post office is available at Bangor. A postal kiosk can be found inside Bremerton’s recreation center.

PETS

Veterinary Clinic

1004 Tautog Circle, Bangor
360-396-7900
www.fb.com/NBK-Bangor-Veterinary-Treatment-Facility-1776657109287173 

The vet clinic at Bangor provides veterinary service for pets of military families. Services available include dental cleanings, health certificates, sick call appointments, spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations, wellness exams and other small procedures. Due to limited resources, most veterinary emergency cases are best served through a full-service civilian veterinary hospital; see the Military Buyer’s Guide tab to connect with local veterinarians.

All pets living on base must be registered with the clinic upon arrival. On-base housing may limit the number and breed of pets that can live in on-base housing. Contact Pacific Northwest Communities for more information.

RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE

2900 Ohio St., Bangor
306-396-6005

90 Olding Road, Bremerton
360-476-7445

www.fb.com/nbkchapels 

The Bangor and Jackson Park chapels provide for the spiritual and religious needs of military personnel and their family members. Pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, religious studies and worship are some of the key elements of the chaplain’s ministry. Additionally, advocacy may be provided with or to a member’s military chain of command. Specific services may include marriage preparation and enrichment, weddings, invocations and benedictions.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

All personnel assigned to Puget Sound activities must register their privately owned vehicles at a Naval Base Kitsap Pass and ID office. All vehicles and motorcycles must have proof of insurance in the vehicle or with the operator. The insurance coverage must meet Washington state insurance requirements. Operators must also have in their possession a valid state driver’s license. Washington state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around Kitsap County chapter on Page 22 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.

Serving You

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DINING

Bremerton All American Restaurant

Building 866
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
360-476-9085

Cafe.com

Building 1027 
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
360-476-2673

Inside Out Cafe

2720 Ohio St., Bangor
360-396-2523

Khaki Lounge

2720 Ohio St., Bangor
360-396-2472

Samuel Adams Brewhouse

Building 434
1400 Farrugut Ave., Bremerton
360-476-6719

Sinclair’s Express Canteen (Food Truck)

Outside Building 1027
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
no phone

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut at Olympic Lanes

2701 Ohio St., Bangor
360-396-2534

Trident Inn Galley

Building 2101 
Tunny Street, Bangor
360-396-6058

For hours of operation, menus and special event information, visit https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/food-drink.

EDUCATION

Navy College Program

www.navycollege.navy.mil 

The Navy College Program provides sailors with opportunities to earn college degrees through a variety of options. The program’s mission is to provide continual academic support to sailors while they pursue a college degree, regardless of their location or duty station.

The Navy College Program is now fully virtual. Use the self-service Navy College Program website to access information about college education and other programs available to those in the Navy. The site can also help you connect with counselors who can help you explore your options and find what’s best for you.

Brandman University, Southern Illinois University and Vincennes University offer classes at Naval Base Kitsap.

FAMILY SUPPORT

2901 Barbel St., Bangor
866-854-0638

1099 Tautog Circle, Bangor
866-854-0638

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/support-programs/fleet-family-support-centers 

There are two Naval Base Kitsap Fleet & Family Support centers in the region. Staff at both facilities is eager to serve you with every career and life change. Contact the centers for individual, marriage and family counseling; class reservations; individual resume assistance; financial counseling; relocation assistance; or deployment or mobilization support anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. These classes are open to all active-duty military, retirees, their family members and DOD personnel on a space-available basis. Programs are provided at no cost to eligible participants.

Child Development Centers

2902 Ohio St., Bangor
360-396-5920

1141 U St., Bremerton
360-627-2974

Building 779 
100 Olding Road, Bremerton
360-476-8666

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/child-youth/child-care 

Naval Base Kitsap Child Development Centers offer center-based care for children up to 5 years old. Care at the centers is primarily geared toward those needing full-time child care. The centers are based on the developmental program model that focuses on play and its importance in a child’s learning process. These centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Children of active-duty military, DOD civilian personnel, reservists on active duty and DOD contractors are eligible. Fees are based on total family income.

Child Development Homes

Building 780 
90 Olding Road, Bremerton
360-476-7484

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/child-youth/child-care 

Some individuals find that center-based child care is right for their children; others may prefer a more home-like atmosphere as a child care option. To accommodate those individuals, the Child Development Home Program has more than 100 homes throughout the region certified by Navy Child Development Programs. Homes are required to meet Navy child care guidelines, and many of the homes are also licensed by the state of Washington.

The program offers full-time, part-time, hourly, weekend and deployment care for children up to 12 years old. A subsidy is available for all eligible families seeking full-time care so that child care fees are comparable to those fees charged in base child and youth centers.

Exceptional Family Member Program

Fleet & Family Support liaison 360-396-5469
Hospital coordinator 360-475-4215

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/support-programs/family-assistance/exceptional-family-member-program 

This program provides special-needs families with information and referral services.

School Liaison

2901 Barbel St., Bangor
360-396-5139  
https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com 

The school liaison office is the connection between Naval Base Kitsap families and private and public schools. The office provides support to service members during all stages of transition and deployment to ensure children receive every available opportunity for quality education.

Youth & Teen Centers

4168 Greenfish Circle, Bangor
360-396-2065

781 Wencker Way, Bremerton
360-627-2041

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/child-youth/youth-teen-programs 

Youth centers are open to eligible family members ages 12 to 18 in grades seven through 12 of active-duty members, retirees, DOD civilians and DOD contractors. After becoming a member of the open recreation program, kids can participate in activities such as foosball, video games, air hockey, pool or team sports and gain online computer access. Kids can explore individual interests by becoming involved with special interest groups, like art clubs, career clubs and community volunteering. Additionally, youth programs provide before- and after-school care, summer camps, homework help and field trips. Memberships for open recreation are free and registration is taken directly at the facility. Some fees will apply for field trips and special events.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Kitsap Credit Union

Building 2008
Sargo Circle, Bangor
800-422-5852

886 Barclay St., Bremerton
800-422-5852

Building 1059, Keyport
800-422-5852

www.kitsapcu.org 

LEGAL SERVICES

Naval Legal Service Office Northwest

1001 Tautog Circle, Bangor
360-396-6003

Building 433 
365 S. Barclay St., Bremerton
360-476-4275

www.jag.navy.mil/legal_services/rlso/rlso_northwest.htm 

NLSO Northwest provides legal assistance to active-duty service members, their dependents, reservists on active duty for 30 days or more, and retirees as resources permit. Legal assistance is available in family law, landlord-tenant law, creditor concerns, consumer law, wills and estate planning. Powers of attorney and notarizations can normally be done on a walk-in basis. The NLSO Northwest command office in Bremerton also provides defense counsel services for courts-martial, administrative discharges and nonjudicial punishment. Call the offices for information on appointments and hours of operation. Intake forms, legal assistance handouts and worksheets are available online.

LIBRARY SERVICES

The Library at Bremerton Recreation Center

Building 502
120 S Dewey St.
360-476-3178

https://n94030.eos-intl.net/N94030/OPAC 

The Bremerton Recreation Center manages a recreational library that includes books, music and other media. Search for titles online and reserve them for pickup at the center. Visit https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com and select “Bremerton Recreation Center” under the “Recreation” tab for more information on the recreation center and the library’s programs, like the children’s story hour.

NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY (NMCRS)

The NMCRS is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization serving active-duty and retired Navy and Marine Corps service members and their dependents. NMCRS provides emergency assistance through both financial and nonmonetary assistance. Financial assistance is provided through interest-free loans and grants. Nonmonetary help includes financial counseling, visiting nurses and a Budget for Baby program.

Further information and assistance are available from the NMCRS offices in Bremerton and Bangor. The Bremerton office can be reached at 627-2187 and is in Building 491, just inside the Naval Avenue Gate. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Bangor office can be reached at 396-6704 and is at 1001 Tautog Circle (co-located with Navy Legal Service Office). Office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

RECREATION

For information about the recreational programs at Naval Base Kitsap, visit https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com.

Aquatics Centers

Building 2700
Ohio Street, Bangor
360-315-2131

Building 1017
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
360-476-9416

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/fitness-sports/aquatics-centers 

Inside the Bangor Fitness Complex, the Bangor Aquatics Center features a large pool, a diving well and a hot tub. Inside the Bremerton Fitness Complex, the Bremerton Aquatics Training Facility features a pool and hot tub. Swimming lessons, lap and recreational swim, exercise classes and American Red Cross certification classes are available.

Auto Services
Mechanic’s Corner

2951 Trigger Ave., Bangor
360-396-2520

Vehicle Storage

2951 Trigger Ave., Bangor
360-396-2449

Wheels and Deals

Building 2720
Ohio Street, Bangor 360-396-2151

Car Washes

2951 Trigger Ave., Bangor
360-476-2231

Across from Bremerton

Fitness Complex
360-476-2231

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/recreation/auto-services 

Mechanic’s Corner is a one-stop shop for your automotive needs. Use the center’s stalls, lifts and tools to help your ride run smoother and more efficiently.

Vehicle storage is available on Bangor for vehicles from 10 to 40 feet. The paved lot is fenced, lighted and secured by video surveillance and has 24/7 gated access.

Wheels & Deals, a vehicle consignment lot, offers great exposure to potential buyers as they go to and from Bangor’s shopping, recreation and entertainment hub.

Self-service car washes are available at both Bangor and Bremerton.

Bowling

2701 Ohio St., Bangor
360-396-2494

Building 502
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
360-476-3178

Bangor’s Olympic Lanes offers open and league bowling. Another bowling center is available in the Bremerton Recreation Center.

Fitness Centers

Building 2700
Ohio Street, Bangor
360-315-2134

Building 7085
Sturgeon Road, Bangor
360-396-5406

Building 1017
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
360-476-2231

Higbee Road, next to Naval Hospital
Bremerton 360-475-4546

Building 198
610 Dowell St., Keyport
360-315-2134

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/fitness-sports/fitness-centers 

State-of-the-art fitness centers feature cardio and strength fitness equipment, free weights, group fitness classes, basketball and racquetball courts, locker rooms and more. Amenities vary by location; check online for more information.

Information on the base’s intramural sports, leagues and tournaments can be found under the “Fitness and Sports” tab at https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com.

Liberty Centers

Building 2720
Ohio Street, Bangor
360-396-2151

Building 1027
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
360-476-2673

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/recreation/liberty-single-sailor-program 

The Liberty Single Sailor Program provides on- and off-base recreational activities for active-duty service members who are single or geographical bachelors. Activities include professional sporting events, ski trips, whitewater rafting, instructional classes, concerts and more.

The Liberty Centers are open to all active-duty service members and feature free Wi-Fi, computers, video games, movies, laundry facilities, sports courts and more. Active-duty personnel may escort one or two guests 18 or older. Amenities vary at each center; check the website for more information.

Movie Theaters

2501 Ohio St., Bangor
360-396-2515

Building 502
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
360-476-3178

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/recreation/entertainment 

The Bangor Cinema Plus Theater seats more than 350 people and features digital and 3D movies and fully cushioned, rocking seats with drink holders. The Movie Lounge in the Bremerton Recreation Center features hundreds of movies to choose from at no charge and a premium projector. The lounge holds movie nights and matinees as well. For more information on show times and events, visit the theater and lounge websites.

Outdoor Recreation

Building 2720
Ohio Street, Bangor
360-396-2449

Building 502
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
360-476-3178

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/recreation/community-recreation 

Equipment rentals are available at the Bangor and Bremerton recreation centers so you can experience any outdoor recreation adventure. Trailers, boats, kayaks, canoes, mountain bikes, barbecues, camping gear, canopies, tables, chairs and more are available. Experienced staff can help you in selecting the right gear for your outdoor activities.

Recreation Areas and Navy Getaways
Camp McKean

950 W. Kitsap Lake Road NW, Bremerton
360-396-2449

Elwood Point

The Landings, Bremerton
360-396-2449

Trident Lakes

Trigger Avenue, Bangor
360-396-2449

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/recreation/community-recreation 

Camp McKean is open Memorial Day through Labor Day and offers fire rings and barbecues on the beach, boat rentals, fishing, a playground, picnic facilities and more.

Elwood Point Recreation Area is within The Landings on Bremerton’s scenic Ostrich Bay. The waterfront park has a charcoal barbecue pit with picnic tables near a children’s playground and ball fields. Volleyball and tennis courts and the softball field are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.

Trident Lakes Recreation Area features fishing, a softball field, playground equipment, grills and picnic facilities.

Navy Getaways in the Northwest include Pacific Beach, Cliffside RV Park on the shore of Whidbey Island and Jim Creek Community Recreation Area just outside of Arlington. More information on these destinations and their amenities can be found at https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/recreation/navy-getaways.

Installation fishing permits for Trident Lakes at Bangor and Twin Lakes at Jim Creek are now combined. One regional permit — regardless of the issuing MWR facility and installation — is good for all locations. A Washington state fishing license is needed to request a fishing permit. For more information, visit the recreational areas’ websites.

Recreation Centers

Building 2720
Ohio Street, Bangor
360-396-2449

Building 502
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
360-476-3178

https://kitsap.navylifepnw.com/recreation/community-recreation 

The Bangor and Bremerton recreation centers are one-stop shops designed to meet all of your leisure needs. Both centers feature outdoor equipment rentals and Community Recreation Tickets for purchasing discount tickets to a variety of local and national attractions. The Bremerton Recreation Center also features a bowling center, gaming, a movies lounge, library services and more. For more information on each center’s amenities, visit their websites.

Skate Park

Behind the Fitness Center
Ohio Street, Bangor 360-396-2458

The Bangor Skate Park is free and features mini half-pipes, two quarter-pipes, a fun box with a grind rail, a grind box and more.

Tickets, Trips & Tours

Building 2720
Ohio Street, Bangor
360-396-2449

Building 502
120 S. Dewey St., Bremerton
360-476-3178

Trips & Tours 360-315-2137

Community Recreation Tickets is the place to purchase discount tickets for sporting events, attractions, entertainment opportunities and more. Discounts and information are also available for hotels, transportation, California attractions, Florida attractions, British Columbia attractions and much more. Community Recreation Tickets locations are in the Bangor and Bremerton recreation centers.

Trips & Tours offers expert guides who can show you the hidden hot spots and favorite destinations of the Northwest. Let someone else do the driving and plan all the details for trips to festivals, outlet stores and tax-free shopping, wine tastings, ski trips, sporting events and more. Call or visit the website for more information.

SHOPPING

Commissaries

2604 Ohio St., Bangor
360-396-6025

Building 990, Bremerton
360-405-1971

www.commissaries.com 

Save your hard-earned dollars when shopping for groceries at the commissaries.

Navy Exchange

www.mynavyexchange.com 

The Naval Base Kitsap exchanges want to be your first choice for shopping. They offer a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Hours for services outside the main exchanges vary, so call or visit the website for detailed information.

Bangor Main Navy Exchange

2600 Ohio St. 360-315-4563/4565

Shops and Services

Barber and Beauty Shop 360-315-4583
Electronics 360-315-4573
FTD 360-315-4563/4565
Jewelry 360-315-4575
McDonald’s 360-697-4012
Optical Shop 360-315-4560
Starbucks 360-779-6894
Subway 360-779-5656
Car Care Center
Building 2950
Gas Lanes 360-315-4662
Parts Store 360-315-4662
Repair Shop 360-315-4663

Military Clothing

Building 2500
Laundry, Dry Cleaning,Uniforms 360-315-4542
Tailor Shop 360-315-4544

Mini Mart

Building 2905
360-315-4676

Bremerton Navy Exchange & Home Gallery

Building 863
120 S. Dewey St.
360-627-4843

Shops and Services

Barbershop 360-627-4851
Beauty Shop 360-627-4852
Clothing and Shoes 360-627-4843
Dry Cleaning 360-627-4843
Electronics 360-627-4845
Fine Jewelry 360-627-4847
Hardware 360-627-4843
Health and Beauty 360-627-4843
Optical Shop 360-627-4850
Pets 360-627-4843
Sporting Goods 360-627-4843
Subway 360-373-1679
Tailor Shop 360-627-4848
Uniform Shop 360-627-4848

Building 846

Furniture Gallery 360-627-4878
Major Appliances 360-627-4877

Building 1005

Laundromat no phone
Package Store 360-627-4882/4883

Jackson Park Mini Mart

Building 371
360-627-4884

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