Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) was officially established June 4, 2004 when five geographically separate naval installations on Washington state’s Kitsap Peninsula, Naval Station Bremerton, Submarine Base Bangor, Keyport, Manchester Fuel Depot, and Jackson Park Housing were centralized as one command.
As the largest naval installation in the Northwest, and third largest in the U.S., NBK is conceivably the most complex base in the Navy inventory, but is without question one of the most important jewels in the Navy’s strategic crown.
NBK encompasses more than 10,000 acres and provides services to nearly 70 tenant commands, including two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, three categories of submarines, and three flag commands (Commander Navy Region Northwest, Commander Submarine Group Nine, and Commander Carrier Strike Group Three). Some of the largest commands on board NBK are Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific Northwest, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest.
The Navy's history in the Pacific Northwest began in the early 1890s, when the Navy purchased 190 acres of wilderness and established it as Naval Station Puget Sound – Bremerton. In 1896, its first dry dock (now Puget Sound Naval Shipyard) was built, which played a crucial factor during the Spanish-American War in 1898.
The war years witnessed an increase of Navy activity in the Pacific Northwest from the institution of Pacific Coast Torpedo Station – Keyport, near the beginning of World War I, in 1914 all the way to World War II with the commissioning of Naval Magazine Indian Island (NMII) in 1941.
In 1942, Bangor was introduced as an ammunition depot during the war, and was recognized in 1944 as an official naval magazine. Bangor became the homeport for the first squadron of Trident submarines in 1973, and was officially commissioned Naval Submarine Base – Bangor in 1977.
Naval Station Bremerton was activated as the Navy’s newest homeport in 1998.
In 2002, the Navy launched Sea Enterprise (an initiative to establish principles that reward greater effectiveness while eliminating institutional hurdles to innovation), which ultimately led to NBK’s organizational structure, as we know it.
Currently, approximately 35,000 military and civilian personnel (including contractors) make up the work force at NBK and its tenant commands.
There are nearly 70 tenant commands located on NBK, including:
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF)
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division (NUWC) Keyport
Other Department of Defense agencies
U.S. Army, Pacific Northwest District Veterinary Command, Kitsap Branch