Naval Support Facility Panama City 

Navy base, Houses Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) and the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU)

308 Vernon Ave, Panama City, FL 32407


Located in the immediate proximity of Bay County, Naval Support Activity Panama City was established close to Panama City, in the northwestern part of Florida. The facility is operated by the United States Navy, under the command of Jessica M. Pfefferkorn. The installation spreads over almost 2.7 square kilometers, without counting the waterways it has control over. The control over the water was achieved in order to establish a fast and effective connection with the Gulf of Mexico. There are more than 220 buildings on site, resulting in a very complete facility with plenty of centers and services.

While based on the honor and principles of the United States Navy, NSA Panama City guides its actions and fulfills its mission and objectives with hard work, dedication, communication, professional leadership and continuous improvements. The primary objective of the installation is to ensure the readiness of the warfighters hosted on site. Basically, the base aims to support the United States Navy and the Department of Defense in all of their operations. The units and tenants on site come as some of the main priorities too.

There are not too many tenants hosted at NSA Panama City. There are a few major ones and dozens of small, insignificant and temporary units. Some of the most important names count the training center for Diving Salvage, the center for Surface Warfare, the unit for Experimental Diving or the Coastal Operations Institute.
Some of the units also deal with research operations regarding a wide variety of fields to be later implemented into the United States Navy equipments and techniques.

NSA Panama City was founded when a mine division from Solomons, Maryland was relocated on site and founded a new facility. The history dates back to the summer of 1945. The purpose and objectives of the base were not really clear for everyone. In an attempt to define the idea of the facility as good as possible, the officials renamed it two more times in 1955 and 1972. Its final name was given in 2007.
Although it skipped both world wars of the 20-th century, it doesn’t mean the facility played any major roles in the upcoming ones. In fact, its importance was not fully understood by everyone. Besides, its objectives are still not clear. It is a general installation dealing with a little of everything.

There are close to 3,000 employees working on site, counting both the military personnel and the civilian contractors and workers.



New arrivals are assigned a sponsor to provide assistance with the PCS move; however, NDSTC students are not normally assigned sponsors. If you are making a PCS relocation and have not been assigned a sponsor, call your gaining command. Sponsors provide members with complete inprocessing information.
On the first working day after arrival or if arrival date is a work day, service members will report to their Unit Administrative Office.
NSA Panama City Reporting Procedures
Building 308 (Admin Office, 850-234-4523/DSN 312-436-4523). This office will provide Newcomer Orientation and Indoctrination Information and any further instructions.
Service Members must bring with them: PCS orders, Personnel Records, Pay Records, Dental and Medical files.
Uniform Requirements for Inprocessing: Members must report wearing either summer dress whites or dress blue.
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) Student Reporting Procedures
Students arriving between the hours of 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. seven days a week, report to NDSTC (Bldg 350). Upon the first work day report to the NDSTC Quarterdeck. Students shall report in the proper uniform of the day.
If you are reporting prior to the convening date of your course, report to the Student Control Office at NDSTC to begin your check-in procedure. If you are reporting on the convening date of your course, report to the NDSTC Quarterdeck to find out where your class is located and inform your Proctor that you need to check-in at Student Control.


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To be enrolled in an Florida school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st of the school year. The compulsory school age in Florida is age 6. Early entry rules and age exemptions to attend kindergarten are not specified in Florida statute.

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If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Florida Department of Human Services 866-762-2237
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.

Florida Department of Children and Families 850-872-7648
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

Bay County Humane Society 850-215-7120
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Bay County Health Department 850-872-4455

Highway Patrol 850-873-7020

Base Operator 850-234-4011


Chaplain 850-234-4487


Dental Headquarters 850-234-4131


Housing Services Office 850-234-4248


ID/CAC Card Processing 850-235-5525


Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255


There are 65 military family housing units on board NSA Panama City, including 15 officer units and 50 E1-E9 enlisted units. Call the Navy Family Housing Office, at 850-234-4248 or 888-382-4559, for availability.

Premier Estates

6.6 miles from base

Nice neighborhood with access to nearby restaurants and shops. It’s very clean and family oriented, with spacious housing available.


11.1 miles from base

A nice off base subdivision with an easy commute. This area is pet friendly.

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In Panama City, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short, cool, and windy; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 46°F to 89°F and is rarely below 33°F or above 93°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Panama City for warm-weather activities are from early April to mid May and from early October to early November.

Compared to the state average of Florida the cost of living index in Panama City, FL is 89, which is 10% lower than the average in Florida and compared to the national average it is 11% lower than.

If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Panama City, FL goods and services come in at 8% lower than the average in Florida and are 9% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

Panama City is on St. Andrews Bay, in the Florida Panhandle. The historic St. Andrews district has a marina and seafood restaurants. Across the bay is Panama City Beach, a resort city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its long white-sand beach and amusement parks. On the Shell Island peninsula, St. Andrews State Park has beaches, plus nature trails. Dolphins and sea turtles swim in the waters offshore.

Panama City is a four-season paradise for water sports enthusiasts.
Kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing and kiteboarding are popular activities on the crystal-blue waters of St. Andrews Bay, with world-class beaches just minutes away.
Numerous charters offer inshore and offshore fishing, scuba and snorkeling excursions.
Guided daytrips are available for dolphin-watching and shelling on uninhabited islands. Fresh, locally caught seafood is featured at many of the restaurants, while some offer live music and waterfront views.

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