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NSA Panama City Aerial View, Naval Support Activity Panama City

Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA PC) is located on beautiful St. Andrew Bay in Panama City Beach, Florida. It has direct, deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico. Panama City Beach provides a perfect location and environment for conducting year-round training, testing and research. The activity totals 657 acres and houses 221 buildings. The base operator's phone number is 850-234-4011.


On October 1, 2003, the base was renamed Naval Support Activity, Panama City, reporting to the Commander, Navy Region Southeast. The R&D mission workforce was renamed the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City. The primary mission and work areas of the base remained unchanged. For more information please visit Panama City's homepage.


NSA Panama City exists to enable warfighter readiness. NSA's largest tenant activity is NSWC PC, still one of the major research, development, test and evaluation laboratories of the Navy. NSWC PC boasts a wide base of expertise in engineering and scientific disciplines in the mission areas of mine warfare, expeditionary warfare, special warfare, and diving and life support. NSWC PC and the other three major tenants: the Navy Experimental Diving Unit, the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, and the Center for Navy Ordnance Disposal and Diving make the station the consolidated site for all navy diving and salvage research, development, testing, and training.

Currently, NSA PC hosts several project offices, including the Deployable Joint Command and Control System. The Base also hosts many other diverse tenant activities: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Naval Dental Center Branch Dental Clinic, Navy Exchange Branch, Naval Hospital Pensacola Branch Clinic, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Navy Publication and Printing Service Office, Naval Special Warfare Training Detachment, Personnel Support Detachment, Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, and Veterans Administration Primary Care Clinic.

Population Served

Panama City serves active duty Navy and Coast Guard permanent party personnel and families. In addition, the largest numbers of the Base population are comprised of hundreds of EOD/Diver students.

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.


Personnel reporting to Naval Support Activity Panama City should have been assigned a sponsor from your gaining unit to assist with settling into your new location. If you have not been assigned a sponsor, or have not been contacted, you may request one by contacting the commander of your new command, or by clicking on the "Request a Sponsor" link above on the right-hand side of this page.

You may also contact the Relocation Assistance Program at the Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) at (850) 235-5587 or DSN 312-436-5587 for sponsorship information including obtaining a Welcome Aboard Packet.

Before you arrive at NSA Panama City, you may want to have your mail stopped and/or held pending your new address.

Your sponsor may be able to supply you with a command address until you have obtained a permanent address. Different commands will have different policies with regard to meeting incoming personnel so be sure to ask the command what to expect.

Temporary Quarters

Temporary quarters are limited. Reservations are recommended and can be arranged by calling 850-234-4217 or 1-877-NAVYBED. PCS orders hold first priority for temporary lodging. Pets are not permitted in temporary quarters and there are no full-service kennels on the installation. Additional information on base housing can be obtained by calling the Housing Welcome center at 850-234-4248.

The two closest kennel alternatives at the beach for those incoming with pets are "Animal Care Center" at 850-235-2877; and "Breeze Animal Hospital" at 850-233-7091. Both locations have overnight services for pets starting at approximately $22/night and up.

Relocation Assistance

The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) at Naval Support Activity Panama City offers one-on-one consultations providing support and information before and after your move. The Relocation Specialist can help with general information, phone numbers, and contacts for civilian and military resources such as the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), child care, employment, housing, immigration, food resources, and financial planning. The Relocation Specialist is your connection to information for the Panama City area, bases, and communities. Contact the FFSC at 850-235-5800 or DSN 312-436-5800.

Critical Installation Information

Panama City is a tourist beach area, so housing prices reflect that.

Letters of credit from utility companies (telephone, electric, etc.) may result in a waiver for utility deposits.

Hurricane season lasts from June 1st- November 30th. Hurricanes are a fact of life in Florida, making hurricane preparedness a must for residents of the state.



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