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


USS Jackson Arrives in San Diego Homeport

Jackson transited to San Diego from Mayport, Florida almost two months ahead of schedule, following the successful execution of Full Ship Shock Trials and post-shock maintenance and repairs.

National Guard, Bay Area teams up to tackle veteran homelessness

Story by CPT Will Martin on 09/19/2016

Fresh off a sleepless 16-hour shift as a paramedic, Jean-Aiello, a former beautician, joined hundreds of other volunteers for the East Bay Stand Down in Pleasanton, California, from Sept. 15-18. The Stand Down serves as the primary annual outreach to the San Francisco and Bay Area homeless veteran community, which numbers as many as 7,000 veterans. According to the U.S. Veteran's Administration, there is an estimated 250,000 veterans across the nation who live on the streets.

Boxer ARG Returns to San Diego

Story by PO1 MATTHEW JACKSON on 09/17/2016

Boxer ARG is made up of amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). During deployment, they operated with embarked forces of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the "Wild Cards" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, Detachment 1, as well as detachments from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1 and ACU 5. Additional detachments include Fleet Surgical Team 3 and Tactical Air Control Squadron 11.

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