Naval Station Mayport is located in Jacksonville, Florida. The base provides operational and logistical support for 15 ships and more than 70 tenant commands. The Naval Station supports three helicopter squadrons and operates in a joint-service environment with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Find information about Naval Station Mayport, 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
The mission of NS Mayport, which is home of 4th Fleet, includes both seaport and runway operations. The base can accommodate some 34 ships and operates an 8,000-foot runway capable of handling any aircraft in the Department of Defense inventory. Important missions and units at NS Mayport include:
- Commander U.S. Naval Forces-Southern Command
- Construction Battalion Unit 420
- Destroyer Squadron Fourteen
- Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Four
- Fleet Training Center
- Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Wing 1
- HSL 40
- HSL 42
- HSL 44
- HSL 46
- HSL 48
- HSL 60
- Regional Support Group
- Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC)
- Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion & Repair
- USS Boone
- USS Bradley
- USS Carney
- USS Dewert
- USS Doyle
- USS Gettysburg
- USS Groves
- USS Hall
- USS Halyburton
- USS Hue City
- USS Klakring
- USS Philippine Sea
- USS Roosevelt
- USS Taylor
- USS The Sullivans
- US Underwood
- USS Vicksburg
NS Mayport began in the World War Two era, opened as a U.S. Naval Section Base, and has since grown into an air facility that also operates a seaport. Commissioned in late 1942, it was redesignated as a Naval Auxiliary Air Station and provided war support in the areas of personnel and logistics.
Like many military bases after the war, the facility was decommissioned and the Coast Guard began using it as a basic training site for new recruits. But by 1947, funding cuts forced the Guard to move on. In 1948 the facility was opened once more, this time designated as a Naval Outlying Landing Field.
Come 1953, operations there expanded. The U.S. Corps of Engineers ran dredging operations so that the Navy’s Midway-class aircraft carriers could operate there. In the mid-1950s a jet runway was added and in July of 1955 the facility was converted into a Naval Auxiliary Air Station and became home to the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Continued expansion over the years resulted in the base being redesignated as a Naval Air Station in 1988. In the 20th Century, the facility we know now as Naval Station Mayport situated on more than 3000 acres and functioning as the third largest naval facility in the continental United States.
Main Base Address And Telephone Numbers
Mayport, FL 32228
- DSN 312-270-5401
Important Naval Station Mayport Phone Numbers
- Commanding Officer 270-5201
- Executive Officer 270-5202
- Business Manager 270-6912
- Command Master Chief 270-5688
- Fax (Executive Offices) 270-5683
- Quarterdeck 270-5401
- Command Master-at-Arms 270-5940
- Medical 911
- Fire 911
- Police 911
- American Red Cross 246-1395
- Base Shuttle 270-5678
- Branch Health Clinic 270-4303
- Explosive Ordnance Disposal 270-5412
- Harbor Operations 270-5179
- Naval Investigative Service 270-5361
- Public Affairs Office 270-522
Jacksonville, Florida is a mix of urban sprawl, wildlife preserves, historic districts, and a wide range of golf courses. Jacksonville Landing is an entertainment complex situated along the St. John’s River, and there is plenty of family-friendly fun including the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and the Bronson Motor Speedway. You can go kayaking on Lofton Creek, try a half-day tour in downtown Jacksonville, or try an Escape Game Jacksonville escape room.
Jacksonville, Florida is in prime hurricane and tropical storm territory and disaster preparedness is a major part of living in this area. Hurricane Season begins on the first day in June and runs through the end of November.
That said, tropical storm season can start earlier. Insurance issues are critical in this area–if you do not carry coverages that specifically reference floods, tropical storms or other issues, you may not be covered for those circumstances. Be sure to ask specifically what coverages protect you from which disasters–and which do not.
Inprocessing and Check-In
All new arrivals PCSing to NS Mayport must report in the uniform of the day to the Base Quarterdeck located in the Naval Station Headquarters Building. If you are PCSing to the base you must report upon arrival. Those who are assigned to a tenant command must report to that command’s Quarterdeck. If you are assigned to a ship, report directly to the ship. Call for further check-in instructions or assistance: 904-270-5401.
Healthcare on NS Mayport is provided on an outpatient basis at the Naval Branch Health Clinic Mayport. This is one of six healthcare facilities operated by Naval Hospital Jacksonville Make an appointment at (904) 270-3248. There are no emergency room services at the clinic. Services at the clinic include, but may not be limited to:
- Aviation Medicine
- Behavioral Health / Mental Health
- Case Management
- Exceptional Family Member Program
- Family Medicine
- Health Promotions
- Lactation Nurse
- Medical Records
- Nurse Advice
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Walk-In Same-Day Contraception Clinic
- Occupational Health
NS Mayport has two Child Development Center facilities. These CDCs are in off-base housing and provide full time care and hourly care for children from six weeks to five years old.
Hourly care is on a space-available basis but reservations can be made up to 30 days ahead of your need for childcare. NS Mayport directs all inbound sailors and other personnel to register for childcare at MilitaryChildcare.com
All sailors with PCS orders to NS Mayport are directed to track and manage their household goods shipments via the Defense Personal Property System at Move.mil. You can also get local support by calling (904) 546-6105 or DSN 942-6105.
Dependent And Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
All ID card services at NS Mayport are handled by PSD Mayport on an appointment-only basis. You will need two forms of unexpired ID to get ID card services and those who need dependent ID cards without the presence of the sponsor will need an appropriate Power of Attorney or acceptable equivalent.
You will need to discuss this issue with the PSD staff to learn what may be acceptable in the absence of a Power of Attorney. Contact the PSD office at (904) 270-7614.
School-age children at Naval Station Mayport will attend classes in the Duval County Public School District. There are a few surrounding-area school districts including:
- St. Johns
Duval County Public Schools was at one time listed as the 20th largest school district in the Unites States, and the 6th largest school district in Florida. There are just under 200 schools that include magnet schools, charter schools, and alternative schools.
To register a child in the school district the following may be required:
- Birth certificate or valid evidence of date of birth.
- Certificate of school entry health examination performed within one year of enrollment.
- Immunization record. For information about Florida immunization requirements, go to: www.immunizeflorida.org
- Two proofs of home address which may include correspondence from the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) or TECO bill, mortgage agreements, lease agreement or your drivers license.
- Two of the following and one of the items listed above are also acceptable: Auto insurance, credit card statement, bank account statement, U.S. Postal Service change of address confirmation, payroll statement, current landline phone bill (no cell phones), or vehicle registration.
Contact the NS Mayport School Liaison Office for assistance with this or other registration issues. Call them at 904-270-6289
All inbound personnel with orders to NS Mayport are directed to contact the Housing Office prior to making off-base housing arrangements. This applies to both single and accompanied sailors and other troops. Contact the NS Mayport Housing Service Center at 904-270- 5730 or DSN 270-5738. On-base housing is available for all ranks; for both single and family housing you may be required to submit the following paperwork:
- Housing Application
- DD Form 1746
- Copy (not originals) of PCS orders
- Certification of “bona fide family members” which may include USN-Emergency Data Application (page 2); USMC-10922; USA & USAF-DD Form 93; USCG-4170
PCS and TDY Lodging
The Navy Lodge provides temporary lodging but demand may be high–you should make reservations as early as possible for best results. Call 904-247-3964. Pet facilities are available but may be limited. It’s not safe to assume availability of pet-friendly rooms on base. Priority may be given to those on PCS or TDY orders, and when on-base temporary lodging is not available you must obtain a Certificate of Non-Availability in order to be reimbursed for off-base lodging expenses.
The usual ride sharing and commercial taxi/shuttle options are available depending on the time and season when you arrive. Tourist season may make certain travel times more complicated from the airport, be sure to discuss this with your sponsor before you PCS. The closest airports to NS Mayport include:
- Jacksonville International Airport (25 miles away)
- Daytona Beach International Airport (102 miles away)
- Orlando Sanford International Airport (141 miles away)
- Orlando International Airport. (168 miles away)
Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
When you arrive at Naval Station Mayport, you are required to register your privately owned vehicle with the NS Mayport Security Office located near the main gate.
Those who are Florida residents who are also military members serving in the State of Florida are required to register their privately owned vehicle like any other resident, but the difference for those who serve? You are not required to pay the initial registration fee. You will be required to submit paperwork (the Military Initial Registration Fee Exemption Affidavit) to claim this benefit.
Any non-resident service members stationed in Florida are not required to register but ARE required to have current vehicle registration in their home state and carry proper insurance at all times.