Naval Air Station Key West
Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West is located on Boca Chica Key, Monroe county, Florida. It is the second to last major island in the Florida Keys. NAS Key West has several annexes through out Monroe county as well as Key West itself. Key West is the southernmost city in the continental United States. It is 1.5 miles wide and 4 miles long, it sits 93 miles north of Cuba, 153 miles southwest of Miami and 24.5 degrees above the equator. Emerald colored waters where the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean meet below the 42 bridges of the Overseas Highway make the three-hour drive between Miami and Key West especially beautiful.
Naval Air Station Key West’s national security mission supports operational and readiness requirements for Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Guard units, federal agencies, and allied forces.
The U.S. Navy’s presence in Key West dates back to 1823, when a Naval Base was established to stop piracy in this area. The lower Keys were home to many wealthy shipping merchants whose fleets operated from these waters. This drew the interest of pirates such as Black Beard and Captain Jon Kidd, who used the Keys as a base from which to prey on shipping lanes.
All personnel reporting aboard shall first report to the Administration Office, on Boca Chica for endorsement of orders and to start the check-in process with your sponsor.
NAS Key West community consists of service members and their families from the Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard, as well as civilian employees, foreign dignitaries and retirees.