Naval Support Activity Crane

Updated: August 31, 2023
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    Located 35 miles southwest of Bloomington, Naval Support Activity Crane (NSA Crane) houses the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane Division). Established in 1941, NSA Crane has evolved from a Naval Ammunition Depot to the third-largest naval installation in the world.

    Base Operator:

    103 Furlong Street
    Crane, IN 47522

    Naval Support Activity Crane History

    Founded in 1941 as the Naval Ammunition Depot, NSA Crane expanded its horizons during the 1960s to include logistics, repair, design, and more. Key milestones include:

    • 1974: Integration into the Naval Sea Systems Command.
    • 1977: Introduction of the Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) command.
    • 1992: Renaming to Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center.
    • 2005: Retention of most operations, with some moved to China Lake.

    Naval Support Activity Crane Housing

    NSA Crane offers on-base housing. The on-base housing is a public-private agreement with Hunt Military Communities. Call 844-879-9367 to get more information. To discuss other housing options, including the application process, contact the NSA Crane Housing Services Center on base at 812-854-3339.


    What is the BAH for Naval Support Activity Crane?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Naval Support Activity Crane varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Indiana state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.



    Military Housing Area: IN399

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,653 $1,239
    E02 $1,653 $1,239
    E03 $1,653 $1,239
    E04 $1,653 $1,239
    E05 $1,752 $1,398
    E06 $1,770 $1,554
    E07 $1,983 $1,653
    E08 $2,223 $1,761
    E09 $2,466 $1,851
    W01 $1,782 $1,629
    W02 $2,085 $1,758
    W03 $2,379 $1,854
    W04 $2,502 $1,896
    W05 $2,655 $2,037
    O01E $2,028 $1,749
    O02E $2,334 $1,764
    O03E $2,523 $1,893
    O01 $1,764 $1,548
    O02 $1,767 $1,719
    O03 $2,367 $1,857
    O04 $2,703 $2,028
    O05 $2,937 $2,202
    O06 $2,961 $2,358
    O07 $2,982 $2,394

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


    Naval Support Activity Crane Surrounding Area

    The Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane military base is located in Crane, Indiana, about a 30 minute drive southwest of Bloomington and an hour and a half drive south of Indianapolis. The base is also within driving distance of several outdoor recreational attractions, including the Hoosier National Forest and Monroe Lake, offering opportunities for hiking, camping, and water sports. The region is rich in history, with several historical sites and cultural attractions nearby, such as the Indiana Railway Museum and the French Lick Resort.


    To learn more about education options in the area, you’ll need to contact the School Liaison office for the region, at 847-688-3440. The office is based in Great Lakes, Illinois.

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