Installation Info: Zip Code: 92135, Area Code: 619, DSN: 577
The 1,006-acre Coronado Naval Base complex is situated on the Silver Strand between Coronado Bay and the Pacific Ocean, about seven miles from downtown San Diego. The property was formed by landfill dredged from the bottom of San Diego Bay. Commissioned on Nov. 8, 1917, Coronado was officially recognized in 1961 as the "Birthplace of Naval Aviation." Established in 1943 to train landing-craft crews, it was renamed in 1946 when its primary mission changed from training personnel to providing administrative support to the amphibious units assigned to the base.
Some streets on the base are named after famous WWII battles where amphibious landings chased the Japanese from Guadacanal, Tarawa and Tulagi.
Within the complex there is a medical facility, but it offers limited services. Most military dependants use the three local NAVCARE clinics or the San Diego Naval Hospital. Housing is spread throughout 43 communities in the San Diego area. A military exchange and commissary are at North Island NAS.
Coronado Naval Base offers a wide variety of recreational activities including bowling, theaters, golf, tennis, gyms, swimming and beaches. Local interests include Balboa Park, which is a 1,400-acre complex that houses most of San Diego's museums, performing arts and the famous San Diego Zoo.