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A Navy base is like a small town where Navy personnel live and work. It's a fully-functioning municipality with everything you would expect in civilian life – from grocery stores to police and fire departments to hospitals. Many of them are true homeports – waterside installations in the United States or overseas where one or more Navy vessels are stationed. These include the world's largest, Naval Station Norfolk (home of the Atlantic Fleet) and the 40-acre Naval Support Activity Orlando.
A Navy base is a special community of like-minded people, sharing the responsibility of serving our nation wherever they are needed. Most bases have a grocery store or commissary with great prices, plus a gas station, a movie theater, fitness centers, medical facilities, chapels, a library and all kinds of sports and recreational amenities. You may even find a bowling alley, department store or teen center, along with moms, dads, kids and even some visiting grandparents.
Normally, Navy quarters come unfurnished with the exception of a stove and refrigerator. And all the utilities, except the telephone, come paid. Houses on base often include three or four bedrooms with amenities like garages, porches or terraces, and yards.
But beyond this, when you first arrive on base or at a home port, you’ll enter a vast network of available services. If you’re a parent, new parent support groups, child and youth programs, and programs for kids of deployed parents or exceptional needs family members may also be available.*
*Needs include any special medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational requirements; and wheelchair accessibility, adaptive equipment or assistive technology devices and services.