Installation Info: Zip Code: 98314, Area Code: 360, DSN: 439
Commissioned in October 1998, Washington's Bremerton Naval Station absorbed all areas once known as the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Those areas include the five piers used by home-ported ships, the Inactive Reserve Ships Maintenance Facility, all bachelor quarters, chapel, Family Service Center, MWR facilities, NEX and commissary. But Bremerton Naval Station is more than a new name and coat of paint on an old facility. In March 1999, a new Fleet Support Building was opened, housing the Personnel Support Activity Detachment, FISC Personnel Property Department, West Sound Housing Center and a 200-seat auditorium.
Though Bremerton technically is a new installation, its roots go back to 1891, when Lt. Ambrose Wyckoff purchased the 190-acre Puget Sound Shipyard for less than $10,000. Until 1941, it remained the only West Coast Battle Ship Repair facility. Naval Station Kitsap - Bremerton's mission is to "provide homeport support for one aircraft carrier, four auxiliary ships, and the other strategic vessels." The vision of the newly commissioned base is to be the "Ships Homeport, Sailor's Hometown."
The base offers several childcare programs, though school-age children attend local district schools. Many facilities are provided for your convenience, such as a commissary, Navy Exchange, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, barber/beauty shop and a NEX Mini-mart store.
The city of Bremerton and the surrounding area is ideal for many activities. Climate tends to be a little rainy, but varies month to month. Options for recreational activity range from visiting one of the eight local museums, seven state parks or eight area golf courses. The Naval Station and Shipyard together possess more than 100 historical properties within the complex. For more local history, visit the Native American Culture exhibits located throughout the region.