Installation Overview—NSA Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain

Naval Support Activity Bahrain (NSA Bahrain) is a United States Navy base, located in the Kingdom of Bahrain and is home to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and United States Fifth Fleet. It is the primary base in the region for naval and marine activities. A former military installation of the British Royal Navy, command changed hands to the U.S. government in the early '70s.

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Mission and Vision Statements

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U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain provides operational support to U.S. and coalition forces operating throughout the CENTCOM AOR, ensuring security to ships, aircraft, detachments, and remote sites.

Naval Support Activity Bahrain is committed to operating and maintaining superior facilities and services for tenant commands, their deployed assets, service members, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, and dependents.

The mission of NSA Bahrain is to support Commander, US Fifth Fleet, deployed assets, military and DoD civilian personnel assigned to Bahrain. NSA Bahrain Operations Department oversees the daily activities of all ships and aircraft onboard the installation. 

The Operational Department is tasked with supporting U.S. and Coalition ships homeported to NSA Bahrain and to provide air support for any operations within its area of operations. Also, the department transports personnel and cargo to the remote airfields within the CENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR).

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Base Information

Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain is located in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the center of the Middle East on an island in the Persian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia.  The strategic positioning of this base in the Middle East is vital, as it allows operations to be directed from the virtual center of the area.

The base is approximately 60 acres and is outfitted with housing for all E-4's and below, while accompanied E-4's and above are required to reside off-base, as there is no on-base housing available.

Facilities on base include a Fleet and Family Support Center, Chapel, a post office, a fitness center, and bowling. Also available is a movie theater, library, outdoor recreation rentals, a liberty center (video games, TVs, a lounge, pool table, and internet services), and a travel office (tickets and tours). 

A child development center is available, along with a teen center. Youth sports are also encouraged by having leagues, clinics, and clubs available.

Other facilities include a Navy Exchange which offers services such as groceries, clothing, electronics and a food court. There is also an education center available for continuing education.

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Population and Major Units Assigned

Family members of DoD personnel permanently assigned to Bahrain are able to accompany their spouses. NSA Bahrain population consists of close to 8,000 military personnel, Department of Defense civilian employees and their families as well as Joint and Coalition Forces.

Major units aboard the installation are COMUSNAVCENT with around 10 other tenant commands.

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Visiting and Living on NSA Bahrain

You should have established contact with your sponsor before beginning your move to NSA Bahrain. When you arrive, you need to go to the Temporary Quarters (TQ) office and get your orders stamped with the arrival date.

If you have a pet, you may bring it as long as it is not prohibited. Temporary lodging is usually in a local hotel for most personnel for up to 45 days with the housing non-availability statement from TQ. Your sponsor will make your temporary lodging reservation or arrangements through the TQ office. 

If you're conducting a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to NSA Bahrain, you'll be assigned temporary lodging for up to 45 days. You'll receive a Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA), which you'll have to reapply for every ten days until you find living quarters.

You and your family will have to apply for a Central Population Registry (CPR) card upon arriving in Bahrain. These short and long-term visas are required for renting housing, operating a vehicle, or for using off-base services.

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Housing

Dependents are allowed to accompany permanently assigned military members. Contact the Navy Housing Welcome Center (Building 263) for more information. Call commercial from the states to Bahrain: prefix: 011-973 phone number: 1785-4983 or DSN (318) 439-4104.

Living in Bachelor Housing is mandatory for all E-3 and below military, unaccompanied service members assigned to NSA, Bahrain and all of its tenant commands.

Overseas Housing Allowance for Bahrain is sufficient to cover the cost of rent and utilities to house all military personnel adequately. Department of Defense civilians will receive temporary quarters subsistence allowance (TQSA) that adheres to the same rules. Your allowance is determined by your pay grade. All civilians and E-4 and above are allowed to live off base and receive this allowance.

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Schools

The Department of Defense Dependents School in Bahrain is located on a 26-acre campus in Juffair near the NSA. Bahrain International School Association operates a dormitory adjacent to the school which serves approximately 120 students from grades 9 to 12.

The elementary level follows the American curriculum from Kindergarten through grade five.  The middle school comprises the American grades of six, seven and eight.

The secondary level offers both the American curriculum and the International Baccalaureate programs. The American curriculum is a flexible combination of required courses and electives, each offering one academic credit for each successfully completed school year.

The International Baccalaureate program allows students who have successfully completed Grade Ten to pursue a two-year advanced study leading to the award of the IB Diploma.

College examinations are also offered to students. The SAT, ACT, and other entrance examinations are conducted here.

The school does have a conservative dress code in line with local customs that depends on the age of the children.

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Childcare

The Child Development Center and the Youth Teen Center provides full-time and hourly care based on space and availability. You can call 973-1785-9092/9119 commercially, or 318-439-9092/9119 via DSN. You can apply in advance for childcare.

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Medical and Dental

Naval Base Bahrain Medical Clinic provides care to Naval Support Activity Bahrain, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Commander Fifth Fleet, 91 tenant commands, and dependants and retirees. 

Dental services offered include routine preventive and restorative care including root canals, minor surgery, and limited prosthetics. Dental treatment is limited to urgent/emergency care for family members and retirees.