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West Sound Navy

The Navy’s permanent presence in West Puget Sound dates back to 1891 when the Navy purchased 190 acres of Pacific Northwest wilderness for less than $10,000. On this acreage, the Navy established Puget Sound Naval Station, Bremerton. After initial surveying by Lt. Charles Wilkes, a commission chaired by Alfred T. Mahan selected Lt. Ambrose Wyckoff as Naval Station Puget Sound, Bremerton’s first and founding commandant. The first dry dock, known today as the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, was completed in 1896 and proved critical during the Spanish-American War in 1898.

Welcome Aboard

Once again, welcome aboard to Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Hospital Bremerton and Naval Magazine Indian Island. The following segments provide basic information on check-in, housing and the rules and regulations for each installation.

Naval Base Kitsap

Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) encompasses more than 11,000 acres in various locations in Washington state, Alaska and British Columbia. NBK’s five main installations are in Kitsap County and include Bangor, Bremerton, Keyport, Manchester and Jackson Park. NBK and its tenant commands feature a plethora of missions, diversity found only in the West Sound’s installations. NBK is home to more than 60 tenant commands staffed by civilians, contractors, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Soldiers, all dedicated to executing our primary mission: support the fleet, fighter and family in the defense and protection of our nation.

Naval Hospital Bremerton

Naval Hospital Bremerton is a 25-Bed Military Community Hospital that services over 62,000 MHS beneficiaries.

Naval Magazine, Indian Island

Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Indian Island’s strategic mission is to provide ordnance logistics support to the Pacific Fleet and the joint services in peace and war. In 1941, the Navy commissioned the Naval Magazine and Net depot on Indian Island and used the organization for the storage of Navy munitions and assembly of mines and submarine nets. The island was placed in a reduced operating status in 1959 and then reactivated in 1979 when munitions storage and handling facilities at Bangor were moved to Indian Island.

Quality of Life Programs and Services

Naval Base Kitsap has several programs and many facilities to help the members and family of its tenant commands. Religious services, recreational opportunities, lodging and financial support have all been taken into consideration to help Sailors focus while at work and relax on liberty.

Tenant Commands

Commander, Navy Region Northwest is responsible for coordinating activities of Navy bases in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. The majority of those facilities are in the Puget Sound area. Primary mission areas for the command’s staff include environmental coordination, regional emergency management and quality of life. While it has coordination responsibility for all naval facilities in the Pacific Northwest, its commander also functions as senior-in-command for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Magazine Indian Island and Naval Station Everett. More information on the command can be found at www.cnic.navy.mil/cnrnw.

West Sound Communities

With so much to do and all within an hour’s drive, the West Sound will never leave you bored. You can go mountain biking, head to a museum, go scuba diving and more. If you’re hungry, you can find just about any food you’d like. There are restaurants serving world-wide cuisines, locally-owned breweries and eateries specializing in northwest fare. If shopping is what you like, you will find major chains and locally owned shops. One of West Sound’s greatest assets is the wildlife and scenery. Make sure to contact the local chamber of commerce to learn more about what our community offers.


World War II Veteran Laid To Rest After 75 Years

Story by PO3 Charles Gaddis IV on 08/30/2016

Jordan was assigned to the Nevada-class battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37) as the assistant engineering officer, at the age of 37, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor where the ship was moored.

Navy Region Northwest Emerging Leaders Program holds graduation

Story by PO1 Cory Asato on 08/29/2016

ELP, aligned with the DoD Leader Development Continuum, is a one-year, cohort based program that targets development of aspiring leaders within the organization using an integrated approach to development through assessments, experiential learning, and individual development opportunities according to the program brochure.

USS Houston Decommissions After 33 Years of Service

Story by PO2 Amanda Gray on 08/26/2016

Originally homeported out of Pearl Harbor, Houston arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington, for inactivation and decommissioning on July 14. Houston will spend the next year going through deactivation and the disassembling of components for historical archiving.

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