NB KITSAP

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

West Sound Navy

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WELCOME

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.

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Welcome Aboard

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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.

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Naval Base Kitsap

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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.

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Naval Hospital Bremerton

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Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB)

Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) is a community-based acute care and obstetrical hospital, offering expert primary care, urgent care and a broad range of medical and surgical specialties, with 30 staffed beds. The hospital is conveniently located off Highway 3 in Kitsap County between Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bremerton and NBK Bangor. NHB is the parent command for three Branch Health Clinics and the Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency Program. The three clinics are at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, NBK Bangor and Naval Station Everett. Also under the NHB umbrella are Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP).

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Naval Magazine, Indian Island

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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.

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Quality of Life Programs & Services

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Quality of Life Programs & 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.

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Tenant Commands

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Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit, Bangor

A relatively new addition to NBK Bangor, Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor conducts maritime security activities for submarines transiting the Puget Sound waterway. The unit is composed of more than 70 active-duty Coast Guard personnel, including two 87-foot Marine Protector Class cutters, the CGC Sea Devil and the CGC Sea Fox (August 2009). MFPU Bangor is a unique, single-mission unit specially trained and equipped to provide security for Bangor submarine fleet.

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West Sound Communities

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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.

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