Installation Info: Zip Code: 31547, Area Code: 912, DSN: 573
In 1980, Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, near Brunswick, Ga., was chosen to house the newest generation of fleet ballistic missile submarines known as the Ohio Class or Trident SSBN's., though it was not until 1989 that the first Trident submarine actually arrived in Kings Bay. But the base was not originally intended for submarines. Or even the Navy.
It was the Army that originally purchased the 16,000-acre complex in 1954, with the intent to build Military Ocean Terminal, an ammunition shipping facility used in national emergencies. A 2,000-square-foot terminal was built and a 32-foot channel was dredged, but the facility was placed on an inactive ready status. It wasn't until 1976 when the Navy's SUBRON 16 group needed a homeport that Kings Bay was considered. In January 1978 the first Navy personnel began arriving and six months later the official transfer from Army to Navy was complete.
A medical and dental facilities are available on base but have limited services. Camden County local schools are provided for children residing on base.
Kings Bay, Ga., is within reach of many old, charming towns and the hustle of a growing metropolis. Jacksonville, Fla., one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. since the addition of a National Football League team, is less than an hour to the south on Interstate 95. Another 40 minutes past Jacksonville is St. Augustine, the oldest city in North America, with its ancient fort and trendy shops. Historic St. Mary's, Ga., is the nearest town to the submarine base and is the gateway to the Cumberland Island National Seashore. Only a two-hour drive north to Savannah will put you in Georgia's oldest city. Atlanta, Georgia's capital, is a five-hour drive from the naval base and offers a variety of attractions like Underground Atlanta and the Coca-Cola Factory. For recreational activities in Camden County, visit Crooked River State Park. Activities within the park include camping, biking, hiking, boating, water-skiing, and picnicking. They also offer a mini-golf course, playground, pool and bathhouse. True sports enthusiasts can play football or baseball on one of the three county-owned parks.