Naval Base Point Loma is a California military base owned by the United States Navy. Located in one of the oldest San Diego communities, this installation supports Pacific Fleet operations and tenant organizations; the base also hosts Los Angeles-class submarines stationed there.
Find information about Naval Base Point Loma including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PCSing personnel, and inprocessing.
Mission & Units
Naval Base Point Loma is a consolidated operation functioning under Navy Region Southwest. There are six installations that form the whole of Point Loma:
- Naval Submarine Base
- Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command
- Commander Third Fleet Headquarters complex
- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters
- SPAWAR Systems Center
- Fleet Intelligence Training Command Pacific
Major missions and units here include the above and:
- Mobile Mine Assembly Group (COMOMAG)
- Information Warfare Training Command San Diego
- Naval Health Research Center
- Center for Information Dominance San Diego
- Hopper Intelligence Services Center
- Naval Information Force Reserve Region Southwest
- Space And Naval Warfare Systems Command Pacific
- Space And Naval Warfare Systems Headquarters
- Military Sealift Command Pacific (Mscpac)
Naval Base Point Loma supports 70 U.S. Pacific Fleet afloat and shore based tenant commands, and Submarine Squadron 11 (CSS-11) has 5 Los Angeles-class submarines calling Point Loma home.
Naval Base Point Loma has a long history; like many legacy military bases in the United States, the U.S. Army owned the land first. In 1852 the 13th President of the United States Millard Fillmore reserved roughly 1400 acres which are now part of the southern half of Point Loma; this parcel would become known as Fort Rosecrans and host an artillery installation there until 1945. The United States Navy took over in 1959 and installed the Navy Submarine Support Facility there in 1963.
By the 1970s, the Navy was considering re-designating the area as a shore command and in 1974 the installation began serving Submarine Group Five, Submarine Squadron Three, Submarine Development Group One, and the Submarine Training Facility according to DoD literature. At the end of the 1970s it would come time to consider redesignating the facility as a Naval Submarine Base, which took place October 1, 1981.
The 1990s were a time of much change and reorganization within the Department of Defense including actions by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission or BRAC. The first round of BRAC actually happened in the late 1980s, but there would be three additional rounds in the 1990s. In 1995 multiple commands were decommissioned, or reassigned home ports to commands as part of the down-sizing.
It may have taken a few extra years to accomplish, but the end result of these reorganizations included a major consolidation at Point Loma. Six naval installations in the area were consolidated as Naval Base Point Loma in 1998. In modern times the base still hosts submarines and a variety of important tenant commands related to submarine warfare, tactical training, sealift, dry dock operations, and even the Navy Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Department.
Main Base Address And Phone Numbers
Installation Front Gate
140 Sylvester Road
Naval Base Point Loma
San Diego, CA 92106
- (DSN) 312-553-1011
Important Contact Numbers At Naval Base Point Loma:
- Child Development Center (619) 553-0765
- Emergency 911
- Emergency Management Officer (619) 553-0090
- Fleet & Family Support Center (619) 553-7505
- ID and CAC Card Processing (619) 556-9520
- Operator (619) 553-1011
- School Liaison Officer (619) 553-8290
- Patrick Wade CDC (619) 222-3400
- School Age Care Center (619) 556-5045
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (619) 279-2933
- Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
- Youth Programs Center (619) 556-8491
- Naval Medical Branch (619) 532-8225
- Housing Service Center (619) 556-8443
- Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (Harbor Drive Annex) (619) 524-0557
- Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (Main Base) (619) 553-9380
- Unaccompanied Housing (Harbor Drive Annex) (619) 524-1597
- Unaccompanied Housing (Main Base) (619) 553-7530
San Diego offers a wide range of attractions and pastimes and military heritage is definitely among them. The USS Midway Museum with its self-guided tours (narrated by actual sailors who were assigned to the Midway) offers a whopping 60 exhibits including restored aircraft.
Another military-friendly destination in San Diego is Balboa Park’s San Diego Air & Space Museum (which has its own collection of restored military aircraft from conflicts from World War One to Vietnam).
Major league sports fans have the San Diego Padres, outdoor lovers will want to explore the city’s ocean and beach-based parks, and surfing. Local attractions for tourists include the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, cruises around San Diego Harbour, and the Olde Globe Theatre.
Inprocessing and Check-In
All those PCSing to Point Loma are directed to check with their gaining commands and/or gaining units for check-in procedures. In general, those reporting during normal duty hours should visit the Administrative Office in Building 140.
After duty hours (including weekends and holidays) you are directed to report to the Combined Bachelor Housing front desk, Bldg. 601.
Those who are reporting for duty to a deployed unit (ship or submarine) must report to the Transient Personnel Unit at Brunton Hall. This facility is located on the “Dry Side” of Naval Base San Diego. Call 619-556-3182 for further assistance.
The military community here requires a large medical operation. Naval Medical Center San Diego is one of the biggest and most advanced facilities in the Department of Defense and serves roughly 500,000 in the San Diego area. Patient services include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Cancer Registry
- Cancer Resources
- Cardiovascular Services
- Cardiology Division
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care
- Critical Care
- General Surgery
- Health and Wellness
- Infectious Diseases
- Nuclear Medicine
In case of emergency, patients do not have to contact a primary care manager before getting emergency treatment in San Diego, but in all such circumstances you are required to notify your primary care manager within 24 hours.
Call 619-532-6400 for appointment information.
Due to the size of the military community in the area, there is both high demand and many options for military-based child care, though parents may find options at other Navy installations nearby Point Loma.
Child Development Centers (CDC) operate at Point Loma, but also at Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Coronado (Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Amphibious Base), Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Naval Medical Center, Murphy Canyon, Chollas Heights, and Liberty Station housing areas.
Reach out to the San Diego Metro Child Development Centers for contact information for these facilities, service options, hours, enrollment requirements, and more.
Child Development Homes may also be available–these homes operate as part of a Department of Navy program offering child care in private homes (full and part-time for more than 10 hours per week). The homes are supervised by the Regional Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Department.
All inbound personnel PCSing to Naval Base Point Loma should track and manage their household goods shipments using the Defense Personal Property System at Move.mil or call (619) 556-6683 for assistance.
Dependent And Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
ID card services at Naval Base Point Loma should be scheduled via the RAPIDS system. Call (619) 524-5721 for further assistance.
DoD schools are not available in San Diego. Military families with school-age children will utilize one of San Diego’s 47 independent school districts, depending on where the family chooses to live.
A tool called the San Diego Unified School District school finder can help parents determine which schools are closest; some schools may have traditional school schedules while others may feature year-round classroom attendance. Contact the Point Loma School Liaison Officer for more information
The unique nature of the military community in Southern California includes the existence of a one-agency-for-many-bases called the Family Housing Welcome Center. Located at Naval Base San Diego, the Welcome Center assists with housing for all military families in the San Diego area, including Naval Base Point Loma, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
All relocating personnel should check in with Family Housing Welcome Center upon arrival. Call them at 619-556-8443 to learn more about how they can help with the relocation to the Naval Base.
Family housing may be limited, and housing in the local area is expensive but new arrivals PCSing to the area should expect to consider off-base housing options.
Single or unaccompanied military members must check into the Billeting Office for room assignments or help finding housing in the local area as housing is not automatically assigned to unaccompanied sailors.
PCS and TDY Lodging
PCS and TDY accommodations can be tricky and hard to come by on short notice when traveling to Naval Base Point Loma. Reservations can be made at the Navy and Marine Corps Lodge or with local hotel/motel operations (you will need a Certificate of Non-Availability to be reimbursed for off-base lodging). PCS and TDY season will make lodging availability more complicated in this very active military community.
When calling to make reservations, be sure to mention your PCS orders to get booking priority; call the Navy Lodge at 1-800-628-9466 or visit the Navy Lodge official site.
There is no base transportation offered on Point Loma, but a program called the Transportation Incentive Program offers vouchers that make commuting to and from the base free for active duty service members. Visit the official website for more information on applying for or claiming vouchers under this program.
Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
All military members, dependents, and spouses must comply with all State of California motor vehicle requirements including emissions testing, minimum insurance coverage, and vehicle registration regardless of whether the vehicle is operated on or off-base.
Military members stationed in California may qualify for an exemption from the California vehicle license fee for any motor vehicle registered in California. You may be required to be named as the lessee or registered owner of the vehicle. You may not operate such exempt vehicles for commercial purposes.
Access to Point Loma may require submission to a 100% ID check depending on base security levels or current mission requirements.