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Military Information

From bases to the USO to public affairs offices.

Military resource information to help plan your next military trip to San Diego.

San Diego Military Bases

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Used by both the Navy and Marine Corps for advanced pilot training during World War II, post-war it became famous as the home of the Top Gun program. MCAS Miramar is currently the home base for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is the aviation element of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

The US Marine Corps' prime amphibious training base on the west coast, Camp Pendleton is home to the I Marine Expeditionary Force. Amphibious and sea-to-shore training takes place at several key points along the base's 17 miles of coastline.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Responsible for the initial training of USMC enlisted male recruits living west of the Mississippi River, over 21,000 recruits are trained at MCRD each year.

Naval Base Coronado

Comprized of the Naval Air Station North Island and the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, the on-base population is 5,000 military personnel and 7,000 students and reservists. Naval Air Station North Island is the homeport of two aircraft carriers along with 23 fixed- and rotary-wing squadrons. Naval Amphibious Base Coronado is home to the U.S. Navy's special and expeditionary warfare training and the West Coast base of operations for SEAL teams and Special Boat Units.

Naval Base Point Loma

Point Loma has a rich military history due to its natural tactical significance as the only peninsula in the area that guards the surrounding waters. Current major commands include Commander Third Fleet, Naval Mine and Anti Submarine Warfare Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and Submarine Squadron Eleven.

Naval Base San Diego

Naval Base San Diego is the U.S. Navy's largest base on the west coast and the principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet. Homeport to 54 ships, the base has 13 piers that stretch over 977 acres of land and 326 acres of water. The total on-base population is 20,000 military personnel and 6,000 civilians.

US Coast Guard Station San Diego

US Coast Guard Station San Diego conducts Maritime Law Enforcement, enforcing Federal Law from the U.S. border with Mexico to as far north as San Mateo Pt.

General Information

Ft. Rosecrans Cemetary
Visitation Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Legal Services: Marines
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., walk-ins Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Legal Services: Navy
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 -2:30 p.m.

Red Cross: International social services for military families
In the event of a natural disaster

MCRD Command Museum
Bldg 26 Pacific Coast Hwy to MCRD
Recruit Depot Gate 4
Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

MWR (Morale, Welfare & Recreation)
Tickets for events and scenic sites.

Naval Ships: Operations
Recorded information

Navy & Marine Information
Recorded information

Marine Corps Graduation Information

Marine Corps Recruit Depot
On graduation days, all visitors must enter through Gate #5 - Washington Street exit off Interstate 5

CWT/SATO Travel (MCRD Bldg 18)
Airline, Car & Hotel Reservations
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 p.m.

Public Affairs Offices

Camp Pendleton

Naval Airpac Fleet

Navy Region SW, Harbor Dr.


Naval Base SD (32nd st.)



Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Free tour 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Reservations required.

Shuttle Service

Camp Pendleton by Sea Breeze
Admin. offices: 619-297-7463
Contact and buy ticket at USO offices at Airport Terminal 1 for ticket costing $5.00 to $20.00.


303 A Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

USO: at Terminal 1
Hours: Daily 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight

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