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Commanding Officer's Welcome Letter

Welcome to Kings Bay

Dear Newcomer or Guest,

Welcome to Kings Bay – the east coast home to Trident nuclear powered submarines.

Whether you are contemplating a transfer here, preparing to transfer to Kings Bay, or planning a visit to the base, you will discover as have many people before you, that our award-winning base is one of the Navy’s premier duty stations.

It is strategically and conveniently located in an idyllic setting near I-95 (Exits 1, 3 and 6), alongside the Intracostal Waterway of southeast Georgia and only 40 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport.

Nearby, you can find a variety of places to live, worship, shop, recreate, learn, explore, and play. Friendly people, superb amenities, and much to do underscore why people chose to serve here, many for follow-on tours or to retire. The cost of living is very reasonable as compared to many duty stations, which adds to the attractiveness of living in the area.

Lifestyles exist here for a variety of tastes. Whether you prefer living in the country, a small-town environment, or the faster lanes of metropolitan and city life, it is all near Kings Bay.

Housing choices run the gamut, including affordable, quality houses and apartments, to modest homes on acreage, to luxurious residences in gated country clubs. Temporary quarters, family housing, and barracks are also available on base. You can find top-notch schools and childcare facilities, all supported by dedicated teachers and staffs.

Activities and programs abound for youth, teens, and adults. On base, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation – MWR – offers a variety of programs and services for single or unaccompanied Sailors, Marines, and families, including computers, games, trips, a golf coursebowlingchild care, dining, special functions – and much more! You can shop at a modern, well-stocked commissary and the Navy Exchange.

Off base, you can visit historic sites; local, state, regional, and national parks and preserves; tourist attractions; and points of interest all along the Georgia and Florida coasts or inland. You can explore shops, restaurants, and points of interest in St. Marys – the gateway to Cumberland Island – and Kingsland. In less than an hour, you can reach beaches, malls and a multitude of services and amenities at Jacksonville, Fernandina, Brunswick and Jekyll Island. Area residents and visitors boast about the fresh and saltwater fishing, and you can fish on base, too.

No matter your preferences, you are in the correct place to learn about relocating to Kings Bay. Moving can be challenging and stressful, but early and thorough research, prudent planning, and maintaining a positive mind set can help ease the burdens. Other resources you may want to read include our base guide and the weekly base newspaper - The Periscope.

Share information from the guide, newspaper, this Web site and your sponsor with your families and friends, and if you have youngsters or teens, get them involved early and often. If you have questions beyond the scope of available information or your sponsor, call or visit a relocation assistance manager or readiness specialist at the nearest Fleet and Family Support Center.

Utmost, as you travel, work or play -- keep safety foremost in your mind! Before you depart for your move, leave or any trip, log onto the Naval Safety Center's Travel Risk Planning System to complete your risk assessment and obtain travel planning advice and assistance. Remember, never drink alcohol and drive. Always use a designated driver or call a cab, family member, friend, command duty office or member of your chain of command for assistance.

Also, plan ample time for your trip, stay alert – never jeopardize the safety of you, your family or others and carry important papers with you such as orders, personnel and medical records, TRICARE ID cards and a list of phone numbers including your new and old duty stations, your sponsor and emergency contacts. Finally, remember to regularly inform your sponsor and command about your travel plans, especially if you encounter emergencies along the way or cannot arrive safely or as scheduled.

When you arrive, inform your sponsor, check into your command or duty office as directed, visit the Navy Housing sites and check in with the local Navy Housing Office before negotiating housing. For additional contact information, please consult the Base Telephone Directory.

We look forward to your safe arrival and to welcoming you aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. You will enjoy living here, being part of our family, and working with our professional, award-winning team. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact




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