San Diego, CA 92132, USA


Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


Welcome Aboard

To make your move as worry-free as possible, Navy Region Southwest Fleet & Family Readiness has created this booklet to help acquaint you with San Diego and the surrounding areas.


San Diego dates back to the nomadic Indian tribes who once inhabited the area. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator hired by Spain, explored the coast of California and sailed into the harbor of San Diego in September 1542. He named the port San Miguel since their arrival coincided with the eve of the feast of St. Michael the archangel. What he found was an excellent harbor for shipping, a temperate climate and an abundance of fertile soil.

Getting Around

The California Department of Motor Vehicles website is the best source for your vehicle-related questions. Visit for California driver’s license requirements and local vehicle requirements such as smog tests. If you’re thinking about registering your car in California, you may receive a reduced fee as a service member. Also check with Navy Legal as you may qualify for benefits afforded by the 2009 Military Spouse Residency Relief Act.

Navy In San Diego

As the naval shore installation management headquarters for the Southwest region (California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico), Navy Region Southwest provides coordination of base operating support functions for operating forces throughout the region. This includes providing expertise in areas such as housing, environmental, security, family services, port services, air services, bachelor quarters, supply, medical and logistical concerns for the hundreds of thousands of active-duty, Reserve and retired military members in the area.


Temporary Navy and Marine Corps lodging is readily available in San Diego to support you during your transition to the area. We recommend that you make advance reservations in order to ensure you have a place to stay while seeking permanent housing.

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS)

NGIS provides quality, on-base lodging facilities and services at reasonable rates for military travelers. There are 77 NGIS facilities worldwide with more than 20,000 rooms. Each of the five San Diego naval installations has an NGIS facility. NGIS is committed to bringing you world-class customer service and provides clean, comfortable, secure accommodations that are comparable to commercial hotels. The entire staff at NGIS is thoroughly trained in hotel operations. The NGIS on-base hotels are available to all military and civilian employees on business or personal travel. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 877-NAVY-BED.

Navy and Marine Corps Lodges

Navy Lodges are at Naval Base San Diego and Naval Air Station North Island. A Marine Corps Lodge is at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 800-NAVY-INN. The San Diego Navy Lodge has some pet-friendly rooms.

Navy Getaways

Navy Getaways provides exciting recreational experiences throughout San Diego. Locations include the North Island Beach Cottages, ADM Baker RV Park and Fiddler’s Cove RV Park. The North Island Beach Cottages are right on the amazing beaches of Coronado. Navy Getaways are the ideal places to play, rest, relax and recharge. For reservations, call 877-NAVY-BED or visit

Military Value Program (MVP)

The MVP offers hotel discounts for military guests. Call the San Diego Housing Welcome Center for information: 619-556-8443.

Hotel Voucher Program

Enjoy savings at nonmilitary hotels with MWR’s Hotel Voucher Program. Contact your nearest San Diego Navy Base MWR ticket office for a list of hotels participating in the program. Expect to save 15 to 20 percent off the regular hotel rate. Visit for a current price list and for ticket office locations.

Pet-friendly Lodging

There are hotels and motels in the San Diego area that welcome pets, though some may require a nonrefundable deposit upon check-in. The Navy Lodge on Naval Base San Diego is the only military lodge in the area that accepts pets (breed and size restrictions may apply).

Fleet and Family Support

Fleet & Family Support Center, San Diego (FFSC) welcomes all military members and their families to San Diego. FFSC is located in multiple sites on- and off-base to serve you, including: Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Coronado and Naval Base Point Loma, and in the Navy housing areas of Murphy Canyon, the Village at Serra Mesa, Bayview Hills, Gateway Village and Santee.

Parenting Resources

Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) professionals are extensively trained to provide high-quality, enriching child care for our military families. To sign up or for more information about the following CYP services, visit

School Days

Navy Region Southwest employs School Liaison Officers (SLOs) who serve as liaisons between the Navy installation commander, military agencies and schools by providing assistance in matters pertaining to student education. SLOs also implement the Navy’s Strategic Planning for Education Advocacy K-12 recommendations to ensure Navy families have access to quality educational opportunities. Visit for more information.

Family Resources

Navy Region Southwest military School Liaison Officers specialize in creating connectivity between military installations, local school administrations and military families. With the average military family moving every 2.9 years, School Liaison Officers provide such services as school transition, deployment support, postsecondary preparation and special needs navigation to assist with the unique challenges facing military children. Find your School Liaison Officer at

Health Care

TRICARE/UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans administers the TRICARE program for military service members and their families in the 21-state western region. Once you’re in California, call 877-988-9378 to register with UnitedHealthcare, update your address and find a provider. TRICARE offers different health plans, dental plans and special programs to meet your unique health care needs. For more information about TRICARE or UnitedHealthcare, visit or

Morale, Welfare & Recreation

Welcome to the world of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at Navy Region Southwest, where our goal is to bring you the widest variety of recreational and leisure activities.

Welcome to San Diego, America's Finest City

Welcome to San Diego, California’s second-largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of beaches and a gentle Mediterranean climate means paradise every day. Bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, San Diego County’s 4,200 square miles offer immense options for business and pleasure. It can take years to discover all this diverse area has to offer — following are some of the highlights. Remember to check for MWR discount tickets to attractions and theme parks; current pricing is available at


HM-15 Conducts Annual Training aboard NSWC PCD

Story by Katherine Mapp on 10/18/2016

HM-15's annual Helicopter Advanced Readiness Program (HARP) HAWKEX training is conducted at NSWC PCD where the squadron can receive technical support to equipment used in mine hunting, such as the AN/AQS-24 sonar used in conjunction with the Fleet's MH-53E aircraft, in addition to use of the Gulf of Mexico.

Commander of Marine Forces Reserve attends San Francisco Fleet Week

Story by Cpl Gabrielle Quire on 10/18/2016
Commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian attended San Francisco's 36th annual Fleet Oct. 4-10, 2016. In the commander's remarks, he spoke about Fleet Week's ability to build strong ties in the local community and this year's Marine Corps Reserve Centennial, a celebration commemorating the heritage and contributions of reserve Marines, past and present. The week-long event gives local residents a chance to learn about the America's sea services and those who serve in the military.
Some of Fleet Week's major performances included the Parade of Ships, a time-honored tradition where a line of naval ships such as the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) and Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Calgary (FFH 335), sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and past the waterfront area. The USS San Diego, USS Mobile Bay, USCGC Mellon, HMCS Calgary and San Francisco Fire Boat 3 were all part of the parade. Another high profile event was performed by the Blue Angels Navy flight demonstration squadron during the air show, where they conducted fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers, exhibiting the refined skills possessed by all naval aviators.
Another prominent Marine Corps Reservist, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, who served in the Marine Corps Reserve during World War II and was the honorary Officer of the Day, spoke at a ceremony held at Union Square. The event included performances by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and the 1st Marine Division Band.
"It's Fleet Week and I'm proud to be a Marine," said Shultz in his opening speech during the ceremony.
Fleet Week allows the public to meet Marines and Sailors, many who are reservists and are already embedded in their local community through work or volunteering. It also provides an opportunity for the Navy and Marine Corps to showcase their capabilities and an for service members to meet and thank the community for its support.
"We need to realize how big of a role the United States plays in the world, and one of those reasons is because we have first class military people," said Shultz. "You realize it when you come and meet them."
For the past 36 years in the month of October, Marines and Sailors have visited San Francisco for the much-anticipated Fleet Week. It has become a significant and integral part of the city's local culture and economy due to the large crowds the Navy and Marine Corps team draws into the Bay Area. CBS San Francisco reported the event generates more than $10 million in revenue for the city.

IW Sailors Take on World Martial Arts Games

Story by PO3 Taylor Jackson on 10/18/2016

Petty Officer 2nd Class Rebekah Jorgensson and her husband, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Jorgensson, are both members of the Joint Service Martial Arts Academy (JSMAA) based out of Fort Gordon, Georgia. This competition was Rebekah Jorgensson's second and her husband's first international competition.

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