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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, CFAY (Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka) hosts 12 afloat commands and 84 tenant commands. 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: Dial 0 from a DSN line on Yokosuka Naval Base, dial 046-816-1110 from a Japanese cell phone, or dial 011-81-46-816-1110 from the United States.

Population: The base has a population of 24,500 military and civilian personnel.

Area Population: 423,576 in Yokosuka, Japan.

Child Care: The Child Development Center (CDC) and Child Development Homes (CDH) both offer full day care and hourly care based on availability. There is also before & after School Care available for children in Kindergarten through 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 the Central Enrollment Waiting List for childcare for your infant to 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: For information on Child and Youth Education Services please go to the website.

Fleet and Family Support Center: The Fleet and Family Support Center is located on the 4th floor of the Community Readiness Center (CRC) building. Services include Information and Referral, Clinical Counseling, New Parent Support, Relocation Assistance, Career Services, Deployment Support, Financial Management, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Exceptional Family Member, and more. For inquiries or to sign up for a workshop please call DSN 315-243-3372 or 011-81-46-816-3372 from the United States.

Housing: Military Family Housing (MFH) is located on Yokosuka Naval Base and Ikego Housing Detachment. 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. Housing consists of townhomes and high rise towers. Contact the Housing Office at DSN 315-4463 or from the United States dial 011-81-46-816-4463.

Employment: Basic employment opportunities are available at CFAY, with dozens of jobs available at any given time along with 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 (USNH) can be reached at DSN 315-243-7144 or 011-81-46-816-7144 from the United States. The Dental Clinic can be reached at DSN 315-243-8808 or 011-81-46-816-8808 from the United States. USNH serves military and DoD civilian personnel throughout mainland Japan. Services include Primary Care, Ancillary, Emergency, Educational and Development Intervention Services (EDIS), Circuit Providers, Specialty Care, the Storks Nest, and Dental Services.

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.

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 -- If a driver is pulled over by the Japanese Police while operating a motor vehicle and signs of intoxication are observed or an odor of an alcoholic beverage is emitting from the driver, that individual and all passengers can be charged with alcohol-related offenses under Japanese law. No matter the outcome of a DUI, the penalty is always heavy. Japanese authorities can detain offenders for days, months or even years depending on the violation. Time in captivity does not include military pay.

Plan ahead when bringing pets. The quarantine process is lengthy and the cost of shipping pets can be high.

Consider putting large furniture items in long term storage as housing quarters are small. The currency is Japanese yen. It is recommended to exchange $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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