This base was built upon former plantation sites, in the 1950s the US Army acquired 7,000 acres of this area. The intent was to build a place to ship ammo during national emergencies.
The army built up a 2,000 foot long steel wharf and acres of railroad tracks. It was never activated and sat unused until the Navy acquired it in the late 1970s.
Treaty negotiations took place between Spain and America, the American submarines needed to be moved from Spain’s waters and back to America. Kings Bay was the answer to this.
In the 1980s this base received the first Trident submarine ever built. Today it houses several submarines and training areas.
This base is home to several commands, a Marine Corps battalion and a training school. Commands are Submarine Group 10, Submarine Squadron 16, Submarine Squadron 20, Naval Submarine Support Center and Strategic Facility Atlantic. The Marine Corps Security Force Battalion provides protection and guards high valued submarines. The Trident Training Facility provides new and refresher courses for sailors.
The base provides plenty of activities for sailors and their families. Skating, gyms, bowling, pools, shopping and restaurants are all located on post. The MWR continually hosts events and holiday parties for the community. Residents can enjoy a day at the beach on the coastline, take ferries to surrounding islands to view wild horses in their natural habitat. There are plenty of state parks to camp, canoe, fish or hike. The area is rich in history with plantation tours and historical landmarks. Golfers will enjoy world renowned courses and shoppers will delight in local, unique boutiques.
The base does not have on post schools but the local community has worked diligently to follow DOD guidelines. The result is some of the best schools in the nation. Children attend the Camden County School System which contains fourteen public schools. There are also plenty of private schools to choose from. Children living on base and attending a local public school are provided bus service.
While there is no hospital on post, there is a Naval Branch Health Clinic to take care of all medical needs. Residents will elect their PCM here through Tricare. For the ER and other specialized medical needs, the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville can service them.
Housing on the naval base is run by a private company, Balfour Housing. They offer three different neighborhoods, varying from 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms. All housing includes utilities, maintenance, yard care, water and trash. The cost of housing is equivalent to your BAH. Residents can enjoy gyms, pools, splash parks and playgrounds. As with all military installations, size of house is dependent on rank and size of families.