By Tracy Fuga

Welcome to your new home at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK)! The base serves as the host command for the Navy’s fleet throughout the Pacific Northwest, providing exceptional services, programs, and facilities to meet the needs of its hosted war-fighting commands, tenant activities, and personnel. 

Naval Base Kitsap is the third-largest Navy installation in the United States, and arguably the most complex. It is home to a diverse range of high-value strategic missions, including all types of submarines, two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and the largest fuel depot in the Continental U.S. Kitsap is also the home of several research, development, testing, and evaluation commands that ensure the Navy’s technological advantage over the rest of the world.

With close proximity to Seattle, and sitting in one of the most desirable locations within the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find NBK feels like home from the moment you arrive.

Table of Contents:

  1. History of Kitsap Naval Base
  2. Where Is Naval Base Kitsap?
  3. Naval Base Kitsap Gate Hours
  4. Naval Base Kitsap Map
  5. Naval Base Kitsap Directions
  6. Base Housing and Directions
  7. Entering Base and Amenities
  8. Visitor Center
  9. DEERs Office
  10. NEX Exchange
  11. Barber Shops Near Base
  12. Post Office
  13. Gym
  14. NBK Chapel
  15. Kitsap Naval Base Finance Office
  16. Kitsap Naval Base Legal Office
  17. Kitsap Vet Clinic
  18. Library
  19. Hotels Near Base
  20. Where Should I Live?
  21. Schools Near Kitsap Naval Base
  22. Weather

History of Kitsap Naval Base

In 1891, 190 acres of wilderness were purchased in Bremerton, Washington for $10,000 or roughly $350,000-$400,000 in today’s currency.

Naval Station Puget Sound was originally established at the location and by 1900, the base was a shipyard with a major role—it was the only repair shop on the West Coast until 1941.

The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard was producing the largest ships on the West Coast and totaled 85 ships created from 1917 until 1969.

During World War II, the Naval Station attracted tens of thousands of workers to meet peak demands, and in 1961, the facility began repairing nuclear vessels.

Naval Base Kitsap Bangor came to be in 1942 as a location known for shipping much-needed ammunition throughout the Pacific during WWII.

History continued after Kitsap Naval Base Bangor was selected to be the homeport of the first squadron of Trident Submarines in the ‘70s, officially activating Naval Submarine Base, Bangor that same decade.

Fast forward to 1998, and Naval Station Bremerton became the newest homeport for the Navy, and just like that, the branch had a lot of bases in close proximity to each other.

A reorganization was brought about in 2004 to join the installations into Naval Base Kitsap as we know it now, though the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard operates independently in the area.

Today, there are several objectives for NBK, including operating as the host command for the Navy's fleet in West Puget Sound.

You’ll find state-of-the-art technology and practices to develop, maintain, and support military families, along with the aircraft carriers, submarines, and surface ships that call the base home.

Featuring over 12,000 acres of property, the base hosts more than 70 tenant commands and is also responsible for Naval Hospital Bremerton

Naval Base Kitsap Nuclear Weapons

NBK is home to more deployed nuclear weapons than any other location in the world.

Such is the case when you’re the homeport for a fleet of ballistic missile submarines, one of the two nuclear weapon facilities for the U.S., and one of four American nuclear shipyards.

It’s estimated that NBK holds around 720 nuclear warheads making the base a vital component for national security, nuclear deterrence, and protecting American interests throughout the Pacific and beyond.

Naval Base Kitsap Dolphins

The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program has trained dolphins since 1967 and since 2010, these underwater allies have been helping NBK protect its nukes.

Dolphins at Naval Base Kitsap help find underwater mines with their special sonar.

If they find a mine, they return to their handler, who gives them a buoy to mark the spot.

This warns ships to stay away while Navy Divers remove the threat. To catch enemy divers, dolphins bump them and attach a buoy, which pulls the diver to the surface for capture.

Additionally, while dolphins are part of the team, so are sea lions. Similar to dolphins, sea lions help find enemy divers but use a mouth-held handcuff to attach the buoy.

Where Is Naval Base Kitsap?

You’ll find Naval Base Kitsap nestled within the Kitsap Peninsula across the breathtaking Puget Sound, slightly northwest of Seattle, comprised of the following cities:

  • Bremerton
  • Bangor
  • Keyport
  • Indian Island
  • Manchester

Although most of the Kitsap, Washington naval base calls Kitsap County home, some of the installations are also found in Jefferson County.

USN Bangor Main Gate Visitor Control Center Address:

1035 Trident Blvd. Silverdale, WA 98315


: 1 (360) 396-4665

There are seven gates that currently provide access to the installation on the NBK Bremerton side and two providing access on the Bangor side.

Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton Gate Hours

  • Charleston Gate (Main Gate)

    - Open 24/7.
  • Keyport Main Gate

    - Open 24/7.
  • Jackson Park-Naval Hospital Bremerton Main Gate

    - Open 24/7.
  • Manchester Fuel Depot Gate

    - Open 24/7.
  • Naval Avenue Gate

    - Open 0500 to 1930 Monday through Friday.
  • Montgomery Gate

    - Open 0500 to 0730 (inbound only) and 1400 to 1700 (outbound only), when carriers are in port.
  • Missouri Gate

    - Open 0500 to 0730 Monday through Friday (inbound only) and 1500 to 1700 Monday through Friday (outbound only).

NBK Bangor Gate Hours

  • Trident Gate (Main Gate)

    - Open 24/7.
  • Trigger Gate

    - Open 0500 to 1930 Monday through Friday and 0800 to 2000 Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

Due to the variety of gates and access points in the area, knowing where to go is essential for anyone stationed at NBK. Here are important driving directions that will help you get to the base with ease:

Base Housing and Directions

Naval Base Kitsap is approximately 30 miles west of Seattle but the Puget Sound divides the area so depending on the time, it’s faster to drive a longer route instead of crossing multiple waterways via ferries.

If you’re looking to go to the USN Bangor Main Gate Visitor Control Center, here’s how you drive there uninterrupted by ferry travel:

  • 1. If you are driving, you’ll take Interstate 5 south until you see the signs for State Route 16.
  • 2. Go west until you merge onto WA-3 North.
  • 3. Use the right two lanes to take the WA-308 East exit toward Keyport/Naval Base Kitsap/Bangor.
  • 4. This will take you to the main gate, which is open 24 hours a day.

Amtrak Station Near Naval Base Kitsap

If you arrive by train, the King Street Station in Seattle is the stop nearest to the base, roughly 75 minutes away.

Ferries Near Naval Base Kitsap

It can be quicker, easier, and more fun to travel from Seattle to Naval Base Kitsap via Washington State Ferries , depending on road conditions, the time of day, and other factors that all play a part.

Reaching the ferry terminal on Burwell Street is only a three-mile drive west of the main gate.

There is a daily ferry that connects travelers from Seattle to Bremerton and back again, several times day or night. On average, ferries run every hour and 20 minutes or so.

Please note that you may also have access to the ferry terminal through the shipyard gate downtown.

However, you can’t pass without getting permission in advance and will need to be taking the route for official business.

Driving Directions from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

If you are traveling by air, you will land at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport , and a shuttle service is available to take you directly to Naval Base Kitsap.

Keep in mind reservations are recommended if you plan to use the shuttle. Additionally, a dozen rental car agencies are available at the airport with shuttles to their offsite locations:

  1. If you are driving from the airport, follow the signs to access I-5 and head south going toward Tacoma.
  2. Stay on I-5 until you reach state Route 16.
  3. Continue west until you merge onto WA-3 North.
  4. Use the right two lanes to take the WA-308 East exit toward Keyport/Naval Base Kitsap/Bangor.
  5. If you are driving a rental car, you will need to stop at the Visitor's Center on the left as you enter Naval Base Kitsap to obtain a temporary/visitor's pass for the vehicle.

Naval Base Kitsap Housing and Transportation Office

Housing needs are different for each family and the NB Kitsap Housing Service Center is a resource for military families to determine the best property that meets them.

The Naval Base Kitsap housing office helps families find housing on and off base and can provide housing-related services as well.

Additionally, the staff at the Naval Base Kitsap Housing and Transportation Office is there to help you with PCSing your household goods, including your vehicle, understand pet guidelines, manage your entitlements, and more.


2720 Ohio Drive, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 396-4399


  • Monday through Friday

    - 0730 to 1600
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - Closed

Entering Base and Amenities

In order to gain access to NBK, you must have a valid photo ID (DL, CAC card, VA card) and proof of citizenship.

You will not be allowed access to the base if you cannot provide proof of citizenship, so plan ahead.

Valid forms of citizenship include a WA-enhanced driver's license, an official US birth certificate (NOT a copy of any kind), and a valid US Passport or Passport Card.

To register your vehicle, a current driver's license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration is required.

If you are driving a rental car, proceed directly to the gate and be prepared to show valid identification credentials and rental car documents. Click here to find out where to go .

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

Incoming personnel assigned to Naval Base Kitsap are required to show up on their assigned day with all required paperwork (copy of orders, DA 31, medical and dental records, and military personnel file).

When you arrive at Naval Base Kitsap, report to the Duty Office in Bldg. 1100, near the Trident Gate (Main Bangor Gate).

The duty office personnel will assist you in getting in touch with your command. If you need to call the duty office, the number is 1 (360) 627-4024.

Fleet and Family Support Center Address:

1099 Tautog Circle Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 315-5028


  • Monday through Thursday - 0730 to 1700
  • Friday - 0730 to 1600

Visitor Center

There are three different Visitor Control Centers at NBK which help confirm the eligibility and identity of individuals before authorizing access to the instillation. Here are the locations where the vetting process takes place:

Bangor Visitor Control Center


1035 Trident Blvd. Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 396-4665


  • Monday through Friday

    - 0700 to 1520
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - Closed

Bremerton Visitor Control Center


141 Pacific Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337


1 (360) 479-3579


  • Monday through Friday

    - 1000 - 1700
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - Closed

Naval Base Kitsap Keyport Visitor Control Center


Bldg. 916, Keyport, WA 98315 (near the main gate)


1 (360) 396-2585


  • Monday through Friday

    - 0700 to 1520

DEERs Office

The Naval Base Kitsap DEERS Offices are on an appointment-based system.

Appointments can be scheduled and cards can be renewed prior to card expiration.

Walk-ins can be seen on an emergency basis only (lost CAC, PIN reset, DD Form 1172, in/out-processing, and retiree card renewal).

For more information and to schedule an appointment, click the link to get started online.

Bremerton Pass and ID Card Office Bldg. 981


519 Charleston Blvd, Bremerton, WA 98312


1 (360) 627-5979


  • Monday through Friday

    - 0700 to 1520

NBK Bangor DEERS Office


1050 Trident Blvd. Silverdale, WA, 98315


: 1 (360) 396-5732



  • Monday through Friday

    - 0700 to 1530

Naval Base Kitsap Commissary

The commissaries on Naval Base Kitsap let you save your hard-earned dollars when shopping for groceries.

In-store amenities and specialties include an ATM, self-service bagging lanes, a bakery, a deli, special orders for produce trays, sushi platters, sandwich party trays, custom cakes, and more.

Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton Commissary


120 S. Dewey St. Bremerton, WA 98314


1 (360) 824-9591


  • Everyday

    - 0900 to 1900

Naval Base Kitsap Bangor Commissary


2604 Ohio St. Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 396-6025


  • Everyday

    - 0900 to 1900

NEX Exchange

The Naval Base Kitsap Navy Exchanges gives you the opportunity to save on thousands of products, including brand-name electronics, handbags, jewelry, clothing, and more.

Keep in mind that the Naval Base Kitsap NEX is comprised of multiple stores. Within each exchange, there are multiple stores that may or may not close at varying times.

Bremerton Main Navy Exchange


120 S. Dewey St., Bldg. 863 Bremerton, WA 98314



1 (360) 627-4843



  • Monday through Friday

    - 0900 to 1900
  • Saturday, Sunday, and holidays

    - 1000 to 1800

Naval Base Kitsap Bangor NEX


2600 Ohio St. Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 315-4563


  • Monday through Sunday

    - 0900 to 1900
  • Sunday

    - 1000 to 1800

Barber Shops Near Base

There are two barber shops on NBK. Hours vary by location so call for more information.

Bremerton Main Barber Shop


120 Dewey St Bldg. 863, Bremerton, WA 98314 (Inside Naval Base Kitsap NEX)


: 1 (360) 627-4851

Bangor Main Barber Shop


2600 O St SE Building No. 2600, Silverdale, WA 98315



1 (360) 315-4583


  • Monday

    - 0600 to 1800
  • Tuesday through Friday

    - 0700 to 1800
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - 1000 to 1700

Post Office

There is one post office found on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor WA where service personnel can send and receive mail.


2650 Ohio St, Silverdale, WA 98315


: 1 (360) 779-3152


  • Monday through Friday

    - 0930 to 1300 and 1400 to 1630
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - Closed
  • Remember, the USPS observes federal holidays and will be closed.

Bangor Cinema Plus

The Naval Base Kitsap movie theater is an on-base, secure way to enjoy all of the news flicks hitting the big screen.

You’ll find a diverse lineup of features with Naval Base Kitsap movies providing the perfect date spot, hangout spot, or night out with the family.


2501 Ohio St, Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 535-5923


  • Monday through Thursday and Holidays

    - Closed
  • Friday

    - 1730 to 2030 (1800 showing)
  • Saturday

    - 1230 to 1530 (1300 showing) and 1730 to 2030 (1800 showing)
  • Sunday

    - 1230 1530 (1300 showing)

Looking for showtimes? You can find the Naval Base Kitsap Bangor movie theater schedule online.

NBK Bangor Uniform Shop

Keeping your uniforms in proper condition isn’t easy but thankfully, you’ll have some help. From fulfilling orders to alterations, the staff at NBK’s Uniform Shop can help you with all of your needs.


2500 Ohio St, Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 315-4542


  • Monday

    - 0800 to 1800
  • Tuesday through Friday

    - 0900 to 1800
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - 1000 to 1700
  • The Navy Exchange Uniform is closed for Juneteenth, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day

Naval Hospital Bremerton

The Naval Base Kitsap Hospital is the hub of healthcare for the local military community and features a staff of more than 1,400 workers.

Falling within the TRICARE healthcare system, you’ll find multiple clinics available for a range of services, including the following:

  • Case management
  • Contraceptive care
  • Dental
  • Emergency care
  • Lab work/radiology
  • Mental health services
  • Pharmacy
  • Preventive care
  • Primary care
  • Urgent care
  • Vision
  • Women’s healthcare/pregnancy services


1 Boone Rd, Bremerton, WA 98312


1 (360) 475-4000


  • Everyday

    - 0800 to 1700

Navy Medicine Readiness Training Unit Bangor

The clinic is available to military families and civilians offering a wide range of healthcare and pharmacy services, including dental care. This facility acts as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) or Medical Home Port.


2050 Barb Street, Suite A Silverdale, WA 98315


  • Primary Care

    -1 (360) 315-4391
  • After Hours Advice

    - 1 (360) 475-5700
  • Appointments

    - (910) 907-2778 (APPT)
  • Dental Appointments

    - 1 (360) 315-4287
  • After Hours Dental Emergencies

    - 1 (360) 509-8086


  • Medical


    Monday through Friday

    - 0700 to 1530
  • Virtual Clinic


    Monday through Thursday

    - 1530 to 1700
  • Dental


    Monday through Friday

    - 0700 to 1530
  • Pharmacy


    Monday through Friday

    - 0700 to 1600*

*Note that new prescriptions stop being processed at 1530.

Navy Medicine Readiness Training Unit Everett

At NMRTU Everett, you’ll find pharmacy services for your family’s medicine needs, case management resources, mental health resources, and you can take physical exams.


2000 W. Marine View Drive Bldg 2010 Everett, WA 98207


1 (425) 304-4060

NMRTU Everett Pharmacy Service Phone:

1 (425) 307-4053/4054


  • Monday through Wednesday and Friday

    - 0730 to 1600
  • Thursday

    - 0730 to 1200

Naval Base Kitsap Fire Department

Seeing as NBK is a large, spread out military installation, if you are facing an emergency, 911 is always going to be your best bet for dealing with fires. For other non-emergency services, here are your options:

  • Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Station #52 has closed.
  • Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Station #41 can be reached at 1 (360) 447-3550.
  • You can reach the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue at 1 (360) 297-3619.
  • The Bremerton Fire Department is also available at 1 (360) 473-5380.


Staying in shape is important for everyone and NBK provides multiple gyms to help you hit your fitness goals.

Keep in mind that many fitness centers offer tours and orientations for adults and children, so you can learn more before you get started.

Available for service members and their families, here’s where to find gyms near you:

Bangor Fitness Complex

The Bangor Fitness & Aquatics Center features world-class accommodations to help the military community stay in shape with a variety of equipment, classes, and events available.

Among the many amenities, you’ll find cardio, bikes, free weights, TRX, and a 10-lane lap pool available. The gym also has things geared towards children.


2700 Ohio St, Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 315-2134


  • Monday through Friday

    - 0500 to 2000
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - 0800 to 1700

Bremerton Aquatics Training Center

You’ll find the Olympic Aquatic Center inside Olympic High School featuring a 6-lane lap pool and an 8-man hot tub. There are various accommodations for water aerobics, along with kickboards, pull buoys, and fins.


7077 Stampede Blvd NW, Bremerton, WA 98311


1 (360) 662-2886


  • Monday through Friday

    - 0500 to 2000
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - 0600 to 2000

Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton Gym

The Bremerton Fitness Complex offers everything you’d expect in a modern gym, including classes, state-of-the-art equipment, and programs for kids.

Nearby, the Naval Base Kitsap MWR Rec Center also serves as a popular hub for those who enjoy active lifestyles and sports.

NBK Intramural and Captain's Cup Sports are hosted at the rec center all year long offering a variety of competitions regardless of gender.


867-899 Barclay St, Bremerton, WA 98337


1 (360) 476-2231


  • Monday through Friday

    - 0400 to 2000
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - 0800 to 1700

Keyport Fitness Center

You’ll find the Keyport Fitness Center inside NUWC Keyport, and it’s the perfect place to not only workout but stay active through sports.

There is equipment for strength building along with cardio stations, but you can also play basketball and racquetball on the courts available. Best of all, it’s always open.


610 Dowell Rd Bldg 198, Keyport, WA 98345


1 (360) 315-2134


  • Monday through Sunday

    - 24 hours

Naval Hospital MWR Fitness Center

For those working at Naval Hospital Bremerton, it can be tough to get to the gym, however, while you’re helping others maintain their own health, you don’t have to let yours suffer thanks to this onsite fitness center.

Keep in mind that if you are looking for more amenities or classes, you’ll need to find another gym as resources and staff are limited. This gym is open to hospital faculty only.

Naval Base Kitsap Bangor Recycling Center

The Naval Base Kitsap Bangor Recycling Center is available for families looking to help reduce waste and access is exclusive to active duty, retired military and federal employees.

You can recycle the following items at NBK. Please be sure that all items are drained of fluids before you drop them off:

  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Bottles (glass)
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Scrap metal


1460 Silversides Road, Silverdale, WA 98370


(360) 396-7005


  • Monday through Friday

    - 0700 to 1530
  • Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays

    - Closed

NBK Chapel

At the NBK Bangor Chapel, although religious services seem to skew towards the Christian faith, all are welcome and the overall goal of the staff is to support military families through whatever spiritual needs they might have.

Religious support and ceremonies, including military-centric events, are all hosted at the chapel.

Furthermore, Chaplains are available to help with crisis situations, counseling, and can help provide training for service members who wish to also assist in such areas.

It’s worth noting that services may be canceled during some holidays, including religious ones, or if there is inclement weather. Therefore, you may want to contact the church beforehand if you have concerns.

If you wish to use the space for your event, you must first fill out a form and receive approval.

Finally, there is an office for the chapel in Bremerton, however, it’s only accessible by appointment only.


2900 Ohio St, Silverdale, WA 98315

NBK Chapel  Brementon Address:

120 Dewey St Bldg. 491 Ste. 123 Bremerton, WA 98314


1 (360) 396-6005

Emergency Phone (after hours):

1 (360) 340-5335

Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Northwest

In addition to the Naval Base Kitsap Bangor chapel, you’ll find seminars, workshops,  and retreats geared toward inspiration, hope, and faith, through CREDO.

Established in 1971, CREDO began with the goal of using a variety of resources and tools to help families in the Navy community strengthen their faith, along with civilians.


120 South Dewey Street Bldg. 491, Rm. 116 Bremerton, WA 98314-5246


1 (360) 476-3793

Naval Base Kitsap Employment

It should come as no surprise that the defense, maritime, and related industries are the predominant forces within the local economy.

This also includes manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and the Washington Autonomous Vehicle Cluster (WAV-C), industries.

If you’re a civilian looking for Naval Base Kitsap jobs, you’re in luck. There are actually more than 10,000 civilians working at NBK compared to the 25,600+ active duty service members.

All industries find overlap with the military community, even retail and food service jobs for on-base locations, however, several offer opportunities beyond the instillation also exist.

The region is known for its civilian opportunities in manufacturing, healthcare, tech, and tourism, to name a few.

Kitsap County and Jefferson County feature an unemployment rate of 5.9% and 5.3% respectively, which are both higher than the state average of 4.8% and the national unemployment rate of 4.0%.

Kitsap Naval Base Finance Office

There are multiple financial resources available, including the Naval Base Kitsap Personnel Support Detachment Office, which is open from 0730 to 1600 Monday through Friday. You can also receive your ID card and DEERS services at the office.

The office primarily provides personnel, pay, and transportation support to over 15,000 service members on base and also serves the local retiree population.

For additional financial support beyond what’s offered here, the Fleet & Family Support Center offers several services including personal financial management assistance.

NBK Finance Office Address:

1035 Trident Boulevard Silverdale, WA, United States 98315


1 (360) 396-5660


  • Monday through Friday

    - 0730 to 1600

You can choose from two legal offices at Naval Base Kitsap.

Both offer legal services to active duty Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard service members and their dependents, as well as Reservists on active duty for more than 30 days and to retirees as resources permit.

If you are in need of legal services, it’s important to call ahead to make an appointment as walk-ins may not be accepted. Here are your legal options:

Naval Legal Service Office (NLSO) NW - Bremerton


365 S. Barclay Building 433, Code 1308 Bremerton, WA 98314-5260


1 (360) 476-4275


  • Monday and Thursday

    - 0800 to 1600
  • Friday

    - 0800 to 1200
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - Closed

Region Legal Service Office Northwest - Bangor


1001 Tautog Circle, Bldg. 1001 Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 396-6003


  • Monday through Thursday

    - 0800 to 1600
  • Friday

    - 0800 to 1200
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - Closed

Kitsap Vet Clinic

Whether it’s a check-up or an issue, if your furry friend is having an issue, the friendly professionals at the Naval Veterinary Treatment Center can help your pet get back to their best health.


1004 Tautog Cir, Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 396-7900


  • Monday through Wednesday and Friday

    - 0900 to 1530
  • Thursday

    - 0900 to 1300
  • Saturday and Sunday

    - Closed


The Navy MWR Digital Library offers over 25 online services that are available 24/7 from anywhere with internet access.

Some services available include access to eBooks and audiobooks, language programs, test preparation, tutoring, genealogy, and more.

Navy MWR Library Program


: 1 (202) 433-0785

Hotels Near Base

Naval Base Kitsap has plenty of options for temporary lodging while you get settled into your new assignment.

The hotels offer guests pet-friendly accommodations and a smoke-free environment.

Enjoy amenities like complimentary breakfast, playgrounds, laundry machines, and free Wi-Fi are easy to find.

The front desks are open 24/7 and you can make reservations online before you arrive for a convenient way to book your room.

Navy Lodge Bangor

The Navy Lodge Bangor is one of the best options for staying on NBK. You’ll find plenty of modern amenities, including pet-friendly rooms, and close to many of the on-base attractions and restaurants.


Trigger Avenue, Bldg. 2906 Silverdale, WA 98315


1 (360) 779-9100



Hotels Near Naval Base Kitsap

In addition to the on-base offerings of NBK, there are plenty of hotels near the Kitsap Naval Base.

These lodging options are great in the event you need temporary accommodation but can also provide visitors with their own private stay that is close to both you and area attractions.

Additionally, if you’re looking for a staycation, there are wonderful places to stay only a short drive from base providing premier access to the beauty found throughout Olympic National Park.

Here are a few options in the area:

Where Should I Live?

If you’re considering living on base, check out the available Naval Base Kitsap housing options, including the NBK barracks. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off base.

Best Places to Live Near Naval Base Kitsap

There are several cities near Naval Base Kitsap. Bremerton is (obviously) closest to the Bremerton side of the base and Silverdale is closer to the Bangor side.

All cities listed below are situated alongside major roadways, making it easy to get to and from the installation.

Bainbridge Island, WA

Bainbridge Island is situated in the Puget Sound between Seattle and the Kitsap Peninsula.

You can easily connect to Seattle via ferry or to Kitsap by car. Living on the island feels like you’re permanently on vacation, with eclectic boutiques, scenic vistas, amazing restaurants, and an abundance of outdoor activities.

It’s small and quaint, with more than 25,000 who call it home.

Housing is on the higher end and is scarce but that’s likely due to the great schools and overall higher cost of living in the extended Seattle area.

There are year-round outdoor activities, including numerous beaches, parks, and trails .

Take a stroll through Bloedel Reserve , a 150-acre exquisitely landscaped forest garden on the northern end of the island, or check out the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial , an outdoor exhibit commemorating the tragic internment of Japanese Americans from the island.

Bremerton, WA

Bremerton is the largest city in the region, with a population of  41,000+, and is just a short ferry ride from Seattle.

There is so much to love about Bremerton: the city is full of arts, culture, and diversity, and its location is ideal for those stationed at Naval Base Kitsap.

The city has unique neighborhoods with new and affordable (relatively speaking) housing, excellent schools, and more than 30 parks.

Visit the fabulous fountains, public plazas, parks, and memorials around the Bremerton waterfront and Arts District.

A few blocks north of downtown is Evergreen Rotary Park featuring the 9/11 Memorial . Nearby Gold Mountain Golf Course includes two 18-hole championship courses and disc golf is available at NAD Park .

The peninsula is home to dozens of military cemeteries, memorials, and historic sites that honor those who served and died for our country.

Silverdale, WA

Centrally located on the Kitsap Peninsula, Silverdale offers scenic trails, award-winning breweries, and beachfront hotels with stunning views of Dyes Inlet, Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and glorious sunsets.

Not to mention that it’s right outside the gates of the Bangor side of Naval Base Kitsap. Easy beach access leads to tons of outdoor fun, and an array of cool shops, malls, movie theaters, and a bowling alley offer plenty of indoor activities, too.

The city is full of history with buildings from the 1800s still in use today in Old Town Silverdale, as well as, Silverdale Waterfront Park , one of the most popular in the area, perfect for family outings or outdoor birthday parties.

Apartments Near Kitsap Naval Base

Several apartments near Naval Base Kitsap are available for the military community no matter which part of the installation you’re serving in.

Working with a local real estate agent is always a good idea for families new to the area and in need of a rental, as rent is quite high in the area. Here are a few places to help you get started with your housing journey:




Schools Near Kitsap Naval Base

Washington State adopted the nation’s Common Core standards in 2011. The national standards ensure your children will be able to transition easily to life in the Pacific Northwest and receive a quality education.

You’ll find a ton of elementary, intermediate, and high schools to choose from, both public and private. Not to mention preschools and daycare facilities for the younger kids.

There are 12 school districts in the Naval Base Kitsap area to serve your child, however, there are four districts that directly align with families who live on base:

  • Children living on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor are assigned to either the Central Kitsap School District or North Kitsap School District . Both are deemed above-average districts.
  • Families living in housing for Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton or the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard are assigned to the Bremerton School District , which has earned an average ranking, although, it’s one of the most diverse in the state.
  • If you are living within homes for Naval Base Kitsap-Keyport attend school within the North Kitsap School District , which is rated above average.
  • Finally, children living within Jackson Park Military Family Housing will attend either the Bremerton School District or Central Kitsap School District.

In addition to public school options, you’ll find plenty of private schools as well, along with various programs to help children who require specialized attention.

The Naval Base Kitsap School Liaison Officer can help make the tough transition to a new school easier by providing resources and immediate connections.

Naval Base Kitsap College

If your family is pursuing higher education, US Naval Base Kitsap features many different programs offered by on-site colleges and universities.

It doesn’t matter if you are pursuing your associate degree or your master's, programs are available through Southern Illinois University, the University of Massachusetts Global Campus, and Vincennes University.

These resources along with the base’s Navy College Education Center are available to those serving, in the Reserves, retired, and their families.

Through the education center, you’ll find plenty of resources including, but not limited to the following:

  • Tuition assistance resources are available to help you cover your education and coordinate your benefits for a smoother experience.
  • Milspouses may not find resources for tuition assistance, however, there is help for finding scholarships that can help you cover the financial cost of higher education.
  • Advisors will help you understand the programs available, tuition assistance, and more.
  • You have access to education and career interest tests to ensure you’re taking the right path for your educational pursuit.
  • Both undergraduate and graduate students can take entrance exams and gain insight from workers at the center. There are also prep courses to help you for college-level classes.
  • Many military-centric resources are available to help those with experience better translate, roadmap, and execute an educational path forward.
  • The center also features  85 accredited colleges that make up the Service Members Opportunity Colleges Navy. Among these associate and bachelor's level classes, you can be sure your credits transfer as needed.


The beauty of the Pacific Northwest is unique and breathtaking but if you’re living at NBK, you’re going to need to pack an umbrella and a raincoat.

You will experience very rainy and overcast days through fall, winter and spring, while the summers are warm and dry.


Rain is a common occurrence at this time of year. When it’s not raining, the temperatures are pleasant, trending on the warm side.

The season is ideal for outdoor recreation and entertainment with averaging in the low to mid 40’s while highs stay around 60 °F.


Things begin to warm up in June. The higher temps stick around until mid-September, and the warmest days are usually in August.

Take advantage of the sunny days and all of the outdoor activities, as there are fewer rainy days and temperatures between the mid-50s for the lows and mid-70s for the highs.


The rainy season starts in October and lasts through spring. Temperatures are still on the warmer side but there’s an increased chance of rain.

The temps are still typically above 60 °F for the highs yet lows average in the 40s. This is the perfect time to camp and fish but make sure you pack plenty of gear to stay warm.


As expected, the lowest temperatures of the year at NBK are during the winter months.

Washington sees snow but you’re more likely to get rain on and around Naval Base Kitsap. Skiing can be enjoyed a short drive away.

Keep in mind that because there is less snow than in other states yet an elevated amount of precipitation, you can expect plenty of icy roads, sleet, and similar hazards.

Furthermore, Brementon and the surrounding areas are hilly, which means you can find yourself stuck due to hazardous road conditions.

Temperatures are typically in the upper 40s for highs and 35 °F for the average low. Be prepared and expect longer commute times during the winter months.

Naval Base Kitsap Things to Do

The Pacific Northwest is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors with activities like fishing, hiking, boating, and hunting at nearby parks and lakes.

You can easily hop a ferry over to Seattle for concerts from your favorite musicians, dine at amazing restaurants, visit the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) , take the kids to the Seattle Children’s Museum , and you can’t PCS to NBK without visiting the iconic Pike Place Market .

Not to mention there are plenty of chances for recreation and entertainment available on post thanks to Naval Base Kitsap MWR .

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FAQs About Naval Base Kitsap

Moving to a new place can certainly have its challenges, but you couldn’t ask to live somewhere better than the Pacific Northwest.

The area is beautiful and there’s always something to do, whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or an indoor one.

With that being said, it’s understandable that families new to NBK are bound to have questions and we’re here to help.

Here are some of the more frequent questions we come across:

Are Marines at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor?

Yes, you’ll find Devil Dogs serving at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor in various roles. Most notably, the USMC is present at NBK through the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor (MCSFBn Bangor).

MCSFBn Bangor plays an important role in Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific (SWFPAC) operations, heading up security during such missions, and is also a part of the very exclusive Recapture Tactics Team (RTT).

Can I Visit Naval Base Kitsap?

You may be able to visit Naval Base Kitsap, however, you’ll need to meet the right criteria and follow the rules and procedures for entering the base. To learn more, you’ll need to contact one of the visitor centers listed above.

Can You Crab at Naval Base Kitsap?

If you have access to the base and its waters, where permitted, you can crab at Naval Base Kitsap. However, if you are 15 or older, don’t forget to get a fishing license from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife before you do.

Is Camping Available at Kitsap Naval Base?

Camp McKean is only a few miles west of NBK and offers lakeside camping along with easy access to the nearby Dickerson Creek Waterfall Trailhead. If you’re planning on camping, here are a few things to remember:

  • There are many accommodations, including a beach, but swimming is not allowed.
  • Boating and fishing are allowed but you must carry your watercraft from the parking lot to the beach. Otherwise, there is a public boat launch on the south side of the lake.
  • You can make reservations for some facilities, however, the park largely operates on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged.
  • Pets are not allowed in the campground.


950 W Kitsap Lake Rd NW Bremerton, WA 98314


1 (360) 396-2449

Where Are the Musicians Housed at Kitsap Naval Base?

Navy Band Northwest has been a beloved tradition since 1925. The 35-member band plays a wide variety of genres and events and is proud to call NBK home.

Who Is the Commanding Officer at Naval Base Kitsap?

Captain John Hale became the CO at NBK earning the role after an impressive military career. An esteemed leader who has undergone initial nuclear propulsion training, Capt. Hale obtained the role after a change of command ceremony on February 17, 2023.

Again, welcome to NBK. Be sure to enjoy your time off at one of the many parks and beaches, taking in a round of golf at an amazing course, or taking a ferry ride across the Puget Sound to Seattle.

While at Naval Base Kitsap, you’ll have the chance to train at one of the largest Navy installations in the United States and the great location makes it easy to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

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