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Installation Overview


Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) is located in the city of San Diego in the Sunshine State of California. San Diego, an all Navy town, has a higher cost of living than most cities in America but it is also known as "America's Finest City." San Diego is beautiful and the near perfect weather is unbelievable. The base operator's phone number is 619-556-1011 or DSN 312-526-1011.


The property on which NBSD is now located was deeded to the U.S. government by the city of San Diego in 1919, to build a docking and fleet repair base. The property consisted of 21 water acres and 77.2 land acres with the former being mostly tidelands and marsh flats. After World War II, the name of the Repair Base was changed, for the last time, to NBSD. The mission was expanded to support the ships of the Pacific Fleet. NBSD is homeport for a multitude of Navy ships and tenant commands, each with specialized missions and purposes. For more information, please visit our homepage.


Naval Base San Diego's mission is to deliver the highest standard of support and quality of life services to the Fleet, the Fighter, and the Family.

Population Served

NBSD is home port for approximately 60 Navy ships and home base to 200 separate commands, each having specific and specialized fleet support purposes. It is the workplace for approximately 48,000 military and civilian personnel. Three thousand men and women are housed in modern, attractive bachelor quarters.

Base Transportation

Currently, there is a base shuttle the runs from 0500-1900 Monday - Friday on the Wetside of NBSD. For more information call 619-556-2125 or visit the base shuttle website.

There is a Transportation Incentive Program (TIP) which issues vouchers so that transportation to and from work is free for active duty personnel. The Transportation Incentive Program (TIP) is all about commuting and saving you money. TIP covers most types of commuting. Members of the TIP program commute at no cost or greatly reduced fares! You can save up to $1,500 or more in annual commuting costs. Visit their website or call (619)215-3248 for more information.


You may request a sponsor in several different ways. We cannot stress enough the importance of having a Sponsor in San Diego to assist in your PCS move. Your Sponsor is your link to information regarding your specific needs in the San Diego area. You may contact your new command to request a sponsor (see Major Unit Listings). Once your sponsor is assigned, be sure to ask about your command’s specific check-in policy. This is especially important if you will be checking in while the ship is underway. Don't forget to ask your sponsor about options for forwarding your mail while in route, or ask your local Post Office about holding and forwarding your mail.

Temporary Quarters

Military families must depend on Navy and Marine Corps Lodge or local hotel/motel accommodations for temporary lodging. There are three Navy and Marine Corps Lodges in the area: Naval Base San Diego, Naval Air Station North Island, and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. You must make reservations at the Navy Lodge well in advance because San Diego is a very large duty station and demand far exceeds availability. When making your reservations mention you are on PCS orders and you may receive priority. The Navy Lodge at this installation may allow pets, but only has a limited number of designated pet rooms. For more information and reservations, call the Navy Lodge at 1-800-628-9466 or visit the Navy Lodge website. If you stay out in town, the San Diego area has most of the known major hotels such as Ramada Inn, Marriott, Motel 6, and Travel Lodge to name a few. The current Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) policy requires those traveling on PCS orders to check for availability with the Navy Lodge at area installations. If there is no availability, or appropriate accommodations, the Navy Lodge will issue a Certificate of Non-Availability in order to receive reimbursement for non-government lodging.

Relocation Assistance

The Relocation Assistance Program at the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) provides assistance in pre-move planning, workshops and seminars, one-on-one relocation assistance counseling, destination specific information and Welcome Aboard Packages. Visit the FFSC for a newcomer's briefing, your Welcome Aboard Package, and information on the area. Some kitchen items are available through the FFSC Loan Closet. For more information please visit the website or call 619-556-7404, DSN 312-526-7404.

Critical Installation Information

San Diego is a high cost of living area, especially in terms of real estate. Help in managing high costs is available through the FFSC which offers a variety of financial classes including budgeting, home buying and investing classes.

In order to make a clinical counseling appointment at any FFSC San Diego location, call CNRSW Centralized Scheduling at 1-866-923-6478.

Childcare in the San Diego area is in high demand. Our best recommendation is to register for childcare as soon as you have orders to San Diego. There are two types of Navy Sponsored Child Care available in the San Diego area. The first option is the on-base child care facilities or Child Development Centers (CDC), however these facilities are not located at all area installations. Second option is the Navy's network of in-home child care providers, who are licensed and regulated by the CDC as well as the State of California. To check availability please visit the website. For more childcare information please see the Childcare section.

Associated Links

Military OneSource
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families, and if relocating, search for Culture Grams that can provide useful information about your new duty location.

Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

DS Logon (formerly DEERS)
TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides information on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

Military ID Card/CAC -- Locator
Find all military ID card and CAC facilities worldwide.

Navy MWR
Find MWR resources worldwide

Fleet and Family Support Center
Provides information on Navy family issues.

Navy Official Home Page
Generally applicable service wide information.

Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

Military State Policy Source
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Provides access to resources needed in times of emergency.

Explore the links to the left for in-depth information.

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