Overview of Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia

Kings Bay Is Home to Trident-Armed Ballistic Missile Submarines

Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on the coast of Georgia is home to the Atlantic fleet's Trident II ballistic missile submarines. Kings Bay borders the historic town of St. Marys, Ga., in the southeastern corner of coastal Georgia, just north of the Florida border.

As an integral part of the United States' strategic deterrence program, Kings Bay has attained and sustained award-winning results unsurpassed in Navy Region Southeast or any other submarine and shore commands in the U.S. Navy. In 2007, Kings Bay was named the top naval installation in the Department of Defense, receiving the Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award for its ability to sustain its mission, increase productivity, and enhance the quality of life. The award also recognized the base's creative management, new ideas, and leadership.

Kings Bay also received the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's highest safety rating in the Voluntary Protection Program and the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations Safety Ashore Award for the third consecutive year.

Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay has three major commands: Trident Training Facility (TTF), Trident Refit Facility (TRF), and Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic (SWFLANT). In addition, this installation is the homeport of five Ohio-class submarines and two guided missile submarines, the USS Florida and the USS Georgia.

Location

Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base
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Kings Bay borders the cozy historic town of St. Marys, Ga., in Camden County. Camden County lies in the southeastern corner of coastal Georgia, just north of the Florida border. The main towns in Camden County are St. Marys, Kingsland, and Woodbine. Woodbine, 18 miles northeast of the base, is the county seat. Kings Bay is approximately three miles from Georgia State Highway 40; five miles from Interstate 95; and 30 miles north of the Jacksonville International Airport just over the state line in Florida.

Visitors can reach the base by Interstate 95 using exits 1, 3, or 6.

For those traveling by air, the closest airport is Jacksonville International Airport. For those traveling by rail, Amtrak has a terminal located in Jacksonville about 45 miles south of the base.

Contact your command sponsor for arranging transportation from the airport to the installation.

Main Phone Numbers

Yeoman 2nd Class James Garrard, assigned to the Blue crew of the guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729), rigs the bridge after surfacing.
U.S. Navy; photo by: Lt. Rebecca Rebarich

Family Housing Welcome Center: (912) 573-2056

Morale, Welfare, and Recreation: (912) 573-2538

Child Development Center: (912) 573-3888 / 3626 / 8500

Naval Branch Health Clinic (medical and dental): (912) 573-4242

Central Appointments: 1-800-529-4677

Dental Appointments: (912) 573-4212

Pharmacy Refills: 1-800-628-7427

TRICARE: 1-800-444-5445

Navy Lodge: (912) 882-6868

Population/Major Units Assigned

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) practice skills controlling the boat.
U.S. Navy; photo by: Senior Chief Missile Technician Nicholas Davies

NSB Kings Bay base is home to Submarine Group 10, Submarine Squadrons 16 and 20, Trident Training Facility, Trident Refit Facility, Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic, and other supporting commands.

The Kings Bay community consists of Department of Defense personnel and their families, civilians, contractors, and visitors from NATO countries.

Temporary Lodging

Navy Lodge Kings Bay
U.S. Navy

The Navy Lodge located at Building 0158 at 1290 USS Jackson Road has a total of 25 guest rooms (one configured for handicapped occupants), all with kitchens. All Navy Lodge rooms are non-smoking. The building is located two miles from the Navy Exchange Retail Complex.

Pets are welcome, but must be reserved and approved ahead of time by the Navy Lodge. For information regarding pricing at the Navy Lodge contact the Kings Bay Navy Lodge at (912) 882-6868.

The Transient Visitors Quarters—now the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites—offers rooms for service members and their families under PCS (permanent change-of-station) orders, transient personnel under orders, and space available. Normally a family under PCS orders may stay for up to 10 days when transferring into the area and 30 days when transferring out.

Service members under PCS orders transferring into the Kings Bay area from outside the continental United States, cannot stay at the TVQ and are directed to stay at the Navy Lodge.

Rooms include a microwave, refrigerator, iron, ironing board, cable TV, VCR or DVD player, full-size beds, and sleeper sofas. Suites also include a kitchenette; a full-size kitchen is available to all guests as well as a small conference room.

Pets are not authorized in the TVQ. The TVQ is within walking distance to the galley, Navy exchange, commissary, and fitness center.

Housing

The neighborhood of Eagle Estates.
U.S. Navy

Single service members ranked E-4 and below are assigned to SUBASE or tenant commands and are required to live in bachelor quarters. Single members E-5 and above may elect to draw BAH (basic allowance for housing) if they meet the criteria in SUBASEINST 10110.1K, policy for granting Single Basic Allowance for Housing (SBAH). Geographic bachelors are not housed in bachelor quarters. The Enlisted Bachelor Housing complex consists of 1,174 rooms and can house 1,684 enlisted personnel.

Ranks E-1 through E-4 share a room and private bath. E-5 and above have a private room and bath.

Service members must go to the Navy Family Housing Office to complete their application. The office will determine the entitlement (number of bedrooms) and the applicant will be referred to the Community Management Office for the actual assignment.

All service members who are transferring to the Kings Bay area, with or without dependents, must contact the Navy Family Housing Office before making any off-base housing commitments.

Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base is one of the many Navy installations to have privatized family housing. The 645 homes at Kings Bay are surrounded by quaint getaways and a welcoming southern atmosphere.

Schools

Logistic Specialist 2nd Class William Hoffman runs with a Special Olympics participant at the 14th annual Georgia Area 16 Special Olympics at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
U.S. Navy; photo by: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Leah Stiles

The local school district assists military families as they transfer to this area. The Camden County School System consists of fourteen schools: nine elementary schools which house grades pre-K through fifth grade; two middle schools which house grades six through eight; one high school with grades nine through 12; a special needs school; and an alternative school.

Georgia Law requires the following in order to enroll in the Camden County Schools:

  • An official copy of the child's birth certificate (a copy can be made from the original at the school)
  • An official certificate of immunization (Georgia Form 3032)
  • An official certificate of eye, ear, and dental examination (Georgia Form 3300)

The following will be helpful but not immediately required to enroll:

  • Permanent records and cumulative folder
  • Health records
  • The student's social security card

If your child is receiving special education services, you should bring a copy of a psychological evaluation; a current IEP (individualized education plan); and current testing results other than the psychological.

Students entering the Camden County Schools for the first time, regardless of grade level, must be immunized against diphtheria, measles, mumps, polio, rubella, tetanus, and whooping cough prior to admission. Parents are responsible for seeing that their children are properly immunized in accordance with the law.

Child Care

Child Development Center
U.S. Navy

The Child Development Center (CDC) at Kings Bay offers full-time care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old.

All military and Department of Defense employee family members are eligible for enrollment. The CDC has the capacity to enroll 282 children. The center maintains a waiting list for each age group. A copy of the waiting list can be faxed or e-mailed by calling (912) 573-9918.

The Child Development Center program has three state-funded pre-K classes that serve 60 children who turn four years old by Sept. 1 of each year.

Morale, Welfare, and Recreation's Child Development Homes (CDH) is a Navy-wide program which offers quality child care in a home environment. Child Development Home providers are not babysitters. They are childcare professionals who offer an age-appropriate curriculum designed to meet the physical, social, emotional, and physical growth of each child. Providers set their own work hours and schedule their own vacation times during the year. For more information, call (912) 573-2538.

The Youth Center of Kings Bay offers a variety of leisure programs for kindergartners through 18 years of age. School Age Care (SAC), Day Camp, and Teen Supreme are a few of the programs.

Medical Care

There is no major medical facility located on the base itself. There is a clinic, but it does not have an emergency room. All patients, including active duty personnel, who need emergency care should go to the nearest ER or call 911. Active duty service members need to follow up with their primary care manager (PCM) the next business day for follow-up and to ensure proper referrals are written in order for the bills to be paid correctly. Family members using TRICARE Prime need to follow up with their PCM within 24 hours.

After clinic hours, the nearest military treatment facility is at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla.