Naval Station Newport

Updated: August 31, 2023
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    Naval Station Newport (NAVSTA Newport), located on Aquidneck Island, is a key U.S. Navy base in Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The base spans 1,063 acres and extends to the northern part of Gould Island. NAVSTA Newport houses the Naval War College, the Naval Justice School, and provides storage for inactive ships.

    Base Operator:

    690 Peary Street
    Newport, RI 02841

    Naval Station Newport History

    Established in 1883, Naval Station Newport initially trained young men and boys. By 1887, its focus shifted to shore-based training. During the Civil War, Newport temporarily hosted the US Naval Academy, training Union midshipmen. The 1970s saw the Cruiser Destroyer Force Atlantic move to Naval Station Norfolk, yet Newport, hosting the Naval War College and Naval Justice School, remained pivotal. Following 2005’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), it added the Officer Candidate School and Naval Supply Corps School.

    Naval Station Newport Housing

    Naval Station Newport works with Balfour Beatty Communities for privatized housing options. Balfour Beatty Communities manages family residences. The naval station offers 325 quarters for students and 366 for staff. These homes are spread across nine communities, all within seven miles of the base.

    Off-base housing is also available in the surrounding areas of Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth, which are part of the larger Aquidneck Island community.

    How to Apply For Housing

    To join the housing waiting list, send the following documents via email, fax, or mail:

    1. Housing application (DD form 1746)
    2. Sex Offender Acknowledgement and Disclosure form
    3. A copy of your permanent change of station orders
    4. Dependency verification (either a record of emergency data or, if relevant, a Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System form).

    If the station receives your documents before your current duty station detachment date, that date will be your waiting list start date. If sent afterward, your placement date will be when it receives the documents. Later, the station will provide you with a housing availability update, which includes the estimated wait time based on your bedroom needs.

    Remember to contact the housing service center at 401-841-2232, within ten days of arriving in Newport to keep your spot on the waiting list.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    Temporary lodging is available at Naval Station Newport. The Navy Lodge, Navy Gateway Inns and Suites, and Newport Chalet are three areas offering lodging options. Navy Lodge prioritizes Navy and Marine Corps families with PCS orders. Contact the Navy Lodge at 401-849-4500. The Navy Gateway Inns and Suites open up bookings up to 30 days before arrival. Call at 401-841-7900. Contact the Newport Chalet at 401-841-0800.

    What is the BAH for Naval Station Newport?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Naval Station Newport RI varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Rhode Island state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.


    Military Housing Area: RI256

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $2,541 $1,914
    E02 $2,541 $1,914
    E03 $2,541 $1,914
    E04 $2,541 $1,914
    E05 $2,748 $2,184
    E06 $3,225 $2,421
    E07 $3,318 $2,550
    E08 $3,417 $2,847
    E09 $3,573 $2,991
    W01 $3,243 $2,475
    W02 $3,363 $2,844
    W03 $3,483 $3,003
    W04 $3,609 $3,246
    W05 $3,765 $3,339
    O01E $3,336 $2,751
    O02E $3,465 $2,958
    O03E $3,633 $3,222
    O01 $2,808 $2,331
    O02 $3,222 $2,679
    O03 $3,480 $3,054
    O04 $3,816 $3,321
    O05 $4,053 $3,375
    O06 $4,086 $3,468
    O07 $4,119 $3,516

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    Naval Station Newport Surrounding Area

    Naval Station Newport, a hub for tourists and military alike, is near attractions like the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport Mansions, and the Annual Jazz Festival. The base’s position offers a gateway to Narragansett Bay’s natural allure, a hotspot for boating and fishing.


    Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command New England – Newport (NMRTCNE-Newport) calls the southern tip of the Naval Station Newport complex home.

    It offers comprehensive care, emphasizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home or Home Port model. Services include family and internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, and specialties like orthopedics, ophthalmology, and psychiatry. 

    NMRTCNE-Newport collaborates closely with Newport Hospital, with many of its physicians affiliated with its medical staff. For primary care appointments, dial 888-628-9633. Surgical treatments require referrals. 


    Naval Station Newport offers a Child Development Center. The center provides full-day care for infants, toddlers and pre-school aged children. The center also offers school year care programs for students.


    There are several different school options for families at Naval Station Newport. Newport County has six public school districts. They are:

    1. Newport School District
    2. Middletown School District
    3. Portsmouth School District
    4. Jamestown School District
    5. Tiverton School District
    6. Little Compton School District

    These schools serve Newport City and towns like Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Tiverton, and Little Compton.

    It’s recommended to contact the School Liaison Program at the Naval Station Newport at 401-841-7126 for more specific details.

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