Overview of Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan

Overview / Mission

Atsugi Japan Base
Naval Air Facility.

US Navy

The 1,249 acres of Naval Air Facility Atsugi lies in the heart of the Kanto Plain on Honshu, the main island of Japan. NAF Atsugi has been home to presently 10,000 Sailors / Marines / Dod Civilians and their families since the beginning of the Korean War. It is also the only permanently forward-deployed, co-located Air Wing, Carrier Air Wing Five. It is the largest United States Navy airbase in the Pacific Ocean and houses the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 5, which deploys with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73).

The Base is separated by mission. One is the operational mission and used by both United States and Japan. The other part of the base is a joint area for administrative functions.


On August 30, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur landed with 8,000 troops at Atsugi to accept the formal surrender and assume the duties as military Governor of Japan. For several years, the Army used the base as a storage area. In 1950, at the outset of the Korean War, the Navy selected/commissioned Atsugi as its major naval air station in the Far East and base restoration and development immediately began. At this time, the U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) became base partners, sharing the facilities at NAF Atsugi.


The mission of NAF Atsugi is to provide facilities, services, material, and logistics support for U.S. Navy aviation operations for Carrier Air Wing 5.

Base Information

Atsugi Air Facility
Navy Facility in Japan.

US Navy

Naval Air Facility Atsugi lies in the heart of the Kanto Plain on the main island of Japan, Honshu, Kanagawa (Prefecture), Ayase (ah-ya-sey). Co-located with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), it is located about 16 km west of Yokohama and about 36 km southwest of Tokyo.

NAF Atsugi is located southwest of Tokyo, and due to the distance, it is highly recommended for your Sponsor to arrange your ground transportation to NAF Atsugi.

From Yokota Air Force Base via Air Mobility Command an on-demand shuttle bus is available, either your sponsor or yourself should make reservations with NAF Transportation.

Narita (Tokyo) Airport arrival via Commercial Air has a daily shuttle bus available, departing Narita to NAF Atsugi approximately 6:30 pm. Either your sponsor or yourself should make reservations with NAF Transportation.

Population / Major Units Assigned

Man waving down a plane on a runway at the Atsugi base.

US Navy

The NAF Atsugi community includes 10,000 personnel, including U.S. military, JMSDF, civilians, family members and Japanese National employees.

It houses the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 5, which deploys with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). Service members stationed at Atsugi also work in conjunction with the Kamiseya Naval Radio Receiving Facility. CVW-5 shares the base with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. NAF Atsugi is also home to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) 51 (HSL-51), which provides detachments of SH-60B LAMPS Mk III helicopters to forward-deployed U.S. Navy guided-missile cruisers, guided-missile destroyers and frigates homeported at nearby Naval Base Yokosuka.

Atsugi Tenant Commands:

  • Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment, Atsugi
  • Brach Health Clinic, Atsugi
  • CNATT, Atsugi
  • Commander Fleet Air Forward
  • CVW-5
  • - CVW-5 consists of VFA-102 flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet, VFA-27 flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-115 flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-195 flying the F/A-18E Super Hornets,  VAQ-141 flying the EA-18G Growler, VAW-115 flying the Hawkeye 2000, VRC-30 Detachment 5 flying the C-2 Greyhound, HSC-12 flying the MH-60S Seahawk and HSM-77 flying the MH-60R Seahawk.
  • DCMA - The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
  • HSM-51
  • Relay Health

Visiting / Living on Atsugi, Japan

Japanese woman posing for a photo with a US pilot.

US Navy

If you are looking for things to do in Japan when off-duty, start at the local MWR building. There is a rich culture in Japan with unique traditions and customs throughout the major cities such as Tokyo and the smaller villages in the rural areas.

Navy Inns and Suites are available upon arrival for temporary housing while on TDY or waiting for permanent housing for PCS moves.

Unaccompanied Personnel Point of Contact is at NAF Atsugi Combined Bachelor Housing. Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


There are military family housing (MFH) units available at NAF Atsugi Base. The average waiting period for on-base housing is dependent upon the type of housing required, member's rank, bedroom entitlement, and time of year of arrival. 

Upon arrival to NAF Atsugi, accompanied junior enlisted personnel (E-1 thru E-6) who are eligible for two bedrooms will be assigned to adequate government housing. If the incoming member elects to decline available government housing, they will relinquish their Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA). If the government housing is not available, the member can go on a waiting list and pursue a lease for off-base housing. 

Members will be counseled on the process of obtaining off-base housing and on-base waiting status. It is strongly recommended that any military or civilian members accepting orders to Atsugi should e-mail the Housing Office as soon as possible to get accurate information on off and on-base housing. All e-mails will be answered within 24 working hours.


Shirley Lanham Elementary School and Camp Zama American High School are part of the Department of Defense Dependent School (DoDDS) System, providing an education program for the dependents of U. S. military and civilian SOFA status personnel at NAF Atsugi.

Students in grades 7-12 attend classes at Zama American High School on Camp Zama Army Base, about six miles from NAF Atsugi. A military shuttle bus takes students from NAF Atsugi to Zama American High School in the morning and returns them to NAF Atsugi in the afternoon. There is also a late activity bus from the high school to NAF Atsugi.

There are many check-in procedures at Zama American High School. A complete school information packet is available on request. As well, school officials recommend that you meet with a school counselor before enrollment to help clarify check-in procedures.

Homeschooling, local Japanese schools, both public and private, and a few international schools are available around Yokohama and Tokyo area.

Adult continuing education courses are available at Navy College Office, University of Maryland, Central Texas College and Phoenix University. Navy Learning Center is also available to assist navy personnel, spouses and their dependents to review for SAT, GED, ACT, ASVAB and other courses free of charge.

Medical and Dental

The Branch Health Clinic provides primary health services, dental services, and flight medicine to approximately 30 commands and activities stationed aboard the NAF. Health care is limited to primary medical and dental care. Specialists are located at USNH Yokosuka which is approximately one to two hours from NAF Atsugi. A weekday shuttle is available; otherwise, the roundtrip tolls are 2,200 yen, out-of-pocket. The clinic does not provide Obstetrics service. Pregnant women may elect to be sent to Yokosuka Naval Hospital for delivery, or they may choose to have their baby in a local Japanese hospital.

The Primary Care Clinic provides primary health care to family members; shore-based active duty, and civilian beneficiaries. The Branch Dental Clinic consists of two clinics: a main clinic, and the Flight Line Dental Annex. These clinics provide primary dental care for the Air Wing, NAF tenant commands, and family members. 

Referrals from BHC Dental Dept. are required for an orthodontic evaluation at Camp Zama Dental Clinic. The availability of treatment is based on the severity of the case.