Welcome to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (Jan. 23, 2007) -- A harbor security boat assigned to Naval Support Activity Souda Bay patrols the area as tugs assist the Military Sealift Command contract tanker High Century during her arrival for a port visit.
U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Paul Farley
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SOUDA BAY, Greece (Sept. 13, 2010) The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) arrive in Souda Bay, Greece for a brief port visit. Kearsarge is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group is en route to provide food, water, transportation, and other support to flood victims in Pakistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley/Released)

Reporting to NSA Souda Bay? 

Quick Look Relocation Information

Military, civilian, contractor, or an accompanying dependent,
the Welcome Aboard Guide to NSA Souda Bay is designed to assist
those preparing to move to the island of Crete and join Team Souda.

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Command Leadership

Captain Ryan T. Tewell, Commanding Officer

 Commander Werner J. Rauchenstein, Executive Officer

CMDCM (SS/SW) Brian J. McDonough, Command Master Chief


The United States Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay is strategically located on the northwest coast of the rugged Greek island of Crete. NSA is poised to carry out its vital mission of extending Joint and Fleet War fighting capability through Operational Support to U.S., Allied and Coalition Forces deployed within the EUCOM/CENTCOM/ AFRICOM AOR at a moment’s notice. This installation extends the war fighting capability by providing, operating and sustaining superior facilities and services dedicated to combat readiness and security of ships, aircraft, detachments and personnel.

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands with a population of 650,000 people. The Cretan people have repeatedly exhibited their love for freedom by extensively supporting the Allied Forces during World Wars I and II, and now in the Global War on Terrorism. The City of Chania has a population of 65,000 people, is full of history and is rich in civil and social culture dating back over 4,000 years. Annually, the Island of Crete is a popular destination for millions of tourists seeking to experience its rich Mediterranean culture, historic civilization, warm hospitality and to sample the world's healthiest cuisine, sunny weather and awesome beaches.

NSA Souda Bay is located on the Hellenic Air Force Base by the village of Mouzouras 17 Kilometers (approximately 10 miles) east of the city of Hania. NSA occupies an area of approximately 110 acres on the North side of the air base, which is the home of the Hellenic Air Force’s 115th Combat Wing. The airfield also serves as the civilian airport for the Hania region of Crete. NSA Souda Bay is physically located on the large circular shaped Akrotiri Peninsula, which forms the northern face of the Souda harbor. A Hellenic Naval Base occupies a large portion of both the North and South coast of the Souda Bay harbor along with the port village of Souda.





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