Yokosuka Navy Base
Yokosuka Navy Base, formerly an important base of the Imperial Japanese Navy, is the largest, and one of the most strategically important overseas US Naval Installation. The home to more than 27,000 military and civilian personnel, it faces Tokyo Bay and is 65 km south of Tokyo and 30 km from Yokohama.
As the home of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet, the Base, often referred to as CFAY (Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka), hosts 13 afloat commands and more than 50 other shore commands and tenant activities. CFAY's primary mission is to provide support services to forward deployed naval forces in Yokosuka, and other units assigned in the Western Pacific.
Yokosuka has 18 ship berths, five tugboats, and numerous anchorages. Its forward deployed aircraft carrier is usually berthed at Piedmont Pier. The U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility is the largest naval ship repair facility in the Western Pacific.
For more information about Yokosuka, try its website at www.cnic.navy.mil/Yokosuka
FACILITIES AND SERVICES
At the 300,000 square foot Fleet Recreation Center, located within footsteps of the waterfront, you will have access to a huge gym, several racquetball courts, a state-of-the-art weight room, outdoor gear and even an internet cafe. The Outdoor Recreation Department has sailing programs, fishing, mountain biking and rock climbing trips.
On-base undergraduate programs are offered through Central Texas College and University of Maryland while University of Oklahoma and University of Phoenix offer masters degree opportunities.
At Yokosuka there is the Sullivans Elementary School, Yokosuka Middle School and Nile C. Kinnock High School. The Ikego Hills Housing Area has an elemenary school, and the Negeshi Housing Area has the Richard E. Byrd Elementary School.
United States Naval Hospital, Yokosuka (USNH) serves military and DoD civilian personnel throughout mainland Japan. Branch Dental Clinic, Yokosuka is co-located with Headquarters, United States Naval Dental Center (USNDC) Far East at the U.S. Naval Hospital.
The Astro Lodge Teen Center at Yokosuka has satellite locations in the Negishi and Ikego housing areas, and offers a program of games,sports, food, crafts, dancing and lots more.
Fleet & Family Support Center
Professionals at the Fleet & Family Support Center are focused on assisting military and eligible SOFA sponsored civilian personnel and their families with the challenges of prolonged family separations, single service member isolation, and frequent relocation. It shares the common goal of keeping healthy individuals and families strong with the Naval commands in Yokosuka.
The multi-faith Chapel of Hope is the largest religious program in the U.S. Navy. It serves more than 25,000 military, civilian, and family members who work and reside in Yokosuka, Negishi, and Ikego military housing areas. Services offered include Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Gospel, Buddhist, Muslim, Mormon, Seventh-Day Adventist and Pentecostal.
After a busy day, unwind at the Officer's, Chief's or Alliance Clubs, the Negishi All-Hands Club or the Club Takemiya. The MWR Food Court is open 24/7.
Both the Navy Federal Credit Union and the The Community Bank (operated by Bank of America) have branches at Yokosuka and offer a variety of stateside-like banking services. There are several ATM machines at different locations on the base.
New arrivals of all grades, and their dependents, can expect to wait from 12 to 26 months before being offered government family housing. The basic military policy is to rely on rental housing in the local civilian communities near the base until a member is assigned to family housing.
The Hello Lodge is air conditioned and has cable TV, a video cassette player, direct-dial telephone service, a kitchenette complete with microwave and utensils, housekeeping service, vending machines and a guest laundry. It's handicapped accessible and non-smoking.
The Navy Exchange, with branches at Negishi and Ikego, carries a good selection of electronic items, clothing, housewares,sporting goods, gifts, books, periodicals and personal care items, plus concessionaires. The facilities of the full-service conmissary include an ATM, bakery, deli, fresh sandwiches to go, plants and rotisserie chicken.
With MWR you can do everything from climbing Mt. Fuji to attending a professional sporting event. The Athletics department offers team and individual sports and hosts numerous base-wide competitions. The Single Sailor Program has even more trips, competitions and programs geared especially for the Single Sailor.