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The command headquarters is co-located with Personnel Service Detachment, Housing and the Joint Personal Property office to make your arrival to Naval Station Newport a one-stop-shop.
THE NAVY IN NEWPORT
Welcome to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport—home to 50 Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and US Army Reserve commands and activities. Newport is the Navy’s premier site for training officers, officer candidates, senior enlisted personnel and midshipman candidates, as well as testing and evaluating advanced undersea warfare and development systems.
Naval personnel assigned to Newport come from all parts of the United States and many free nations of the world. The naval installation mirrors a miniature America, flavored with an international touch. Both its military and civilian personnel get deeply involved in local community affairs and play active roles in local churches, service clubs, Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts and other popular youth activities.
The Navy’s economic impact in Rhode Island is legendary. For many years, it was the state’s largest single employer—both in terms of personnel and payroll—and is still the largest single employer in Newport County, and third overall in the state.
Approximately 5,800 employees work at the 50 various commands located on Naval Station with an additional 17,000 students annually passing through one of the many schools on base. Naval Station Newport has undergone a period of significant growth as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and closure recommendations. NAVSTA is now home to the Navy Supply Corps School, the Center for Service Support and the U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Logistics School, all formerly located in Athens, Ga.
Newport is also the home of the Navy’s most prestigious educational institution, the Naval War College. As the oldest such institution in continuous existence anywhere in the world, the college is organized to pursue and integrate both academic and research endeavors. Each year approximately 600 outstanding mid-career level officers of the Navy, all other U.S. services, civilian federal agencies and international naval officers come here to pursue a rigorous 10-month course of postgraduate studies following in the footsteps of such notable War College graduates as Fleet Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, Ernest J. King, and William “Bull” Halsey; Admiral Raymond Spruance; Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs; General Michael Hagee, former Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; Rear Admiral Alan B. Shepard, first American in space; General John M. Shalikashvili, former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Admiral Robert J. Fallon, Commander, U.S. Central Command and Admiral James G. Stavridis, Commander, U.S. Southern Command.
Over half the graduates of the college’s senior international course, the Naval Command College, have gone on to become flag or general officers with many being chosen to head their respective services. The college’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies leads the Navy in its maritime strategic thought. The Center’s War Gaming facility conducts some 60 major war games annually in support of the college’s research efforts, as well as fleet and Department of Defense requirements.
Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN) is the largest officer accessions point in the Navy with a mission to prepare Sailors and Marines through enduring professional and personal development to lead as officers in the fleet. OTCN currently delivers five separate Officer Accession/Indoctrination programs and provides oversight to three of the Navy’s technical training facilities.
Another important educational institution is the Surface Warfare Officers School Command (SWOSCOLCOM). This command trains surface warfare officers from the time they are commissioned until they have command at sea.
Newport also has the Naval Justice School, which trains personnel of the Defense Department in military law and related matters.
Another large and prestigious command is the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT), the Navy’s principal research, development, test and evaluation center for submarine weapons systems. With headquarters in Newport, R.I., its research facilities stretch from Connecticut to the Bahamas.
The Naval Health Clinic New England—Newport provides general clinical outpatient services for authorized beneficiaries and cooperates with military and civilian authorities in matters of health, sanitation, disaster and other emergencies.
Other commands and activities in Newport include the Command Leadership School; Defense Institute of International Legal Studies; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit TWELVE Detachment, Newport; Naval Academy Preparatory School; Naval Facilities Engineering Command Norfolk—Newport Detachment; Navy Band Northeast; Senior Enlisted Academy; Seventh Naval Construction Regiment; and Space and Warfare Systems Center, Charleston, Newport Technical Services Branch.