NAS Key West’s national security mission supports operational and readiness requirements for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Guard units, federal agencies and Allied forces.
What makes the southernmost air station attractive to the war fighter is access to unencumbered air space and sea space, the Tactical Combat Training System, year-round great weather, the piers/harbor, the visitor quarters complex and the Gulf range complex. As such, NAS Key West is the Navy’s premier East Coast transient pilot training facility for tactical aviation squadrons. The airfield hosts aviation squadrons from across the country regularly to fulfill the mission.
NAS Key West encompasses more than 5,800 acres in the Lower Keys, and the Gulf water and air ranges span 30,000 square miles. Air station facilities can support up to 100 aircraft and more than 800 personnel at one time, as well as provide port operations for visiting ships. More than 30 tenant commands call Key West home.
These commands include:
- Joint Interagency Task Force South
- Coast Guard Sector Key West
- U.S. Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School
- Naval Branch Health Clinic
- VFC-111 “Sun Downers” Adversary Squadron
- VFA-106 “Gladiators” Detachment Key West
- Atlantic Targets and Marine Operations
- Det. U.S. Naval Research Lab
The air station’s customers include active and Reserve fighter/strike fighter communities, Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) units, Fleet Replacement Squadrons, Fleet Forces Command units and other military service users