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Naval Base San Diego

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Our Background

Established in 1922 under acting Secretary of the Navy T. R. Roosevelt Jr., U.S. Destroyer Base San Diego encompassed 97 acres of real estate. The land was originally purchased for $750,000. The first ship, USS PRARIE, moored at San Diego in May 1921. The base was renamed Repair Base San Diego in 1943 due to the expanding repair and maintenance operations leading up to World War II. During World War II, the base, comprised of 921 acres accommodating over 18,000 Sailors, performed conversion, overhaul and repair of battle damage for more than 5,117 ships.

After the War, with continued changes in base operations, increased fleet logistics support and training, the Navy re-designated the base Naval Station, San Diego.

During the Korean War, the base was expanded to 1,108 acres with a workforce of 14,000. In the 1990s, the Naval Station was realigned under Commander, Naval Region Southwest and was re-designated as Naval Base San Diego in 2008.


Naval Base San Diego is a city within a city, providing direct service to the Fleet including everything from utilities, training and maintenance. Additionally, we provide indirect support to our Sailors and their families with the largest Commissary and second largest Exchange in the U.S. Navy. There are three gyms, two pools, medical and dental facilities and over 9,000 housing units. Naval Base San Diego continues to deliver the highest standard of support and quality of life services to the Fleet, Fighter and Family.

Our Goals

As stewards of taxpayer dollars, we will make informed investments and encourage a culture of innovation in order to accomplish our mission.

Additionally, we will effectively integrate mission and support requirements for efficient service delivery.


Finally, we must continuously validate our plans and vision to assist with infrastructure development to support the fleet, fighter and family.

Naval Base San Diego Footprint

San Diego area is the largest concentration of military in the world.

Major Initiatives: Preparing and Planning

Future Planning

We are upgrading WWII era piers for current and future operational needs of the Fleet as the focus transitions to the Pacific.

Through the Homeport Ashore program, we are affording every Sailor on sea duty a room off the ship.

We engage with our community to ensure our mission and base plan is shared amongst our neighbors.

Fleet Support


Optimizing our infrastructure to meet the growing fleet demands for maintenance, logistics and training. 

Stewardship Statistics


Photovoltaic projects save 3,200 MBtu and $103,000 annually.

LED Street & parking lot lights save 2,246 MBtu and $82,000 annually.

“Dog Zebra” campaign to spread energy awareness and conserve resources.

Trash Removal

NBSD collects an average of 8,000 to 10,000 lbs of trash from Chollas Creek annually, reducing contamination in the San Diego Bay.


An average of 26,800 tons (62% diversion rate) of municipal solid waste diverted from landfills, which is an economic benefit of $1.4M.

An innovative furniture reuse program which diverts 732.9 tons from landfills with a total cost avoidance of $6.4M.

A Bilge Oily Waste Treatment System which processes 17.5M gallons of bilge water recovering $1.05M in fuel.


Smart irrigation controllers save four plus million gallons of water annually.


Artificial turf projects saved more than 5.9M  gallons of water annually.


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