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Location: Yokosuka City is located about 30 miles southwest of Japan's capital city, Tokyo, on the east coast of the main island, Honshu. It is an industrial and residential community, with an area of about 39 square miles. This 579-acre naval base occupies a small peninsula jutting into Tokyo Bay. As the home of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet, and winner of the 2009 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence, the Base, often referred to as CFAY (Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka), hosts 13 afloat commands and more than 82 other shore commands and tenant activities. CFAY's primary mission is to provide support services to forward deployed naval forces in Yokosuka, and other units assigned in the Western Pacific. CFAY homepage. View our "Duty in Japan" video.

Cost of Living: Japan is known as a high cost of living area.

Base Operator: within Japan, dial 046-816-1110, within the Yokosuka area dial 816-1110 or, if you are calling from the U.S., dial 011-81-46-816-1110.

Population: 25,000, including Active Duty Members, Active Duty Family Members, Military Retirees and their Family Members, Civilian Employees, Japanese and other Employees.

Area Population:
  423,576 in Yokosuka, Japan.

Child Care:  The Child Development Center (CDC) and Child Development Homes (CDH) both offer full day and hourly availability. There is also Before & After School Care and Day Camps available for ages Kindergarten - 12 years old. Developmental child care and youth recreational programs are available to all Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) sponsored active duty military, activated reservists and guardsmen, DoD civilian personnel, and DoD contractors. Youth recreational programs are also available to military retirees and DoD civilian retirees. If you would like to register on our Central Enrollment Waiting List for childcare for your infant - 12-year-old child/children, please call DSN 315-243-3219 or internationally 011-81-46-816-3219. You may also register online.

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Youth Services:  The Fleet and Family Support Center at Yokosuka is an active, ongoing program that keeps the military children busy and involved. Visit the Yokosuka Youth and Teen website.

Fleet and Family Support Center: FFSC 011-81-46-816-3372, DSN 315-243-3372

Housing: Military Family Housing (MFH) at the Yokosuka, Ikego Hills, and Negishi Heights areas total 2,935 homes and apartments.  They all differ widely in age, construction, and layout. Attendance at the Newcomer's Brief is mandatory in order to receive assistance from the Housing Welcome Center staff. MFH is either recently constructed modern townhouses and high-rise apartments, or quarters built by the Japanese Government during 1946-1947 that are structurally sound which have been renovated over the years. Kitchen and bathroom areas are small, and closet space is limited. Contact the Housing Office at 011-81-46-816-4663, DSN 315-243-4663.

Employment: Basic employment opportunities are available at CFAY, with dozens of jobs available at any given time along and a countless need for volunteers. Employers and volunteer organizations actively compete to attract employees, however, the number of upper level, advanced skill, and supervisory positions are very limited. The majority of immediately accessible jobs are in the customer service, food service, and clerk fields.

Base Services: 

Medical Services:  U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, 011-81-46-816-7144, DSN 315-243-7144. Dental Clinic 011-81-46-816-7041, DSN 315-243-7041. United States Naval Hospital, Yokosuka (USNH) serves military and DoD civilian personnel throughout mainland Japan. The USNH staff includes several Medical and Surgical specialists. Some specialized non-elective treatment is beyond the capability of the Naval Hospital and patients must sometimes be sent to the U.S. via the Medical Air Evacuation (MEDEVAC) System or to Japanese hospitals for treatment.

Special Messages from Installation: Due to limitations or non-availability of some medical and educational services, personnel who require specialized services should fully investigate the availability of such services prior to transferring to Japan. If you have orders assigning you to an aviation squadron and the orders state that your ultimate duty station is at Yokosuka, contact your detailer immediately. There are no aviation squadrons based in Yokosuka. All aviation squadrons are located at NAF Atsugi.

If you received "unaccompanied" orders to Yokosuka, please do not bring your family. You may not be eligible for certain entitlements, allowances or family services; this could cause extreme financial hardship. There are many other issues that you must consider before coming to Japan, so make having all the information you need your highest priority before departure.  We are guests in Japan and we're all ambassadors.  We should conduct ourselves with honor, courage, commitment and respect to others.  

Drinking and Driving in Japan -- This is punishable with a large amount of money and possible imprisonment for years.

Plan ahead when bringing a pet particularly a dog. The quarantine process is lengthy and shipping pets are costly. Availability for On-base housing is limited and it may cost a bit more for off-base housing that allow pets. It may delay your move. 

Refrain from bringing large furniture because some Japanese housing is small. 

The currency is Japanese yen. It is recommended to exchange a small amount ($100-$200) prior to arrival for use in the airport upon your arrival.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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