Naval Oceanographic Office
NAVOCEANO is located at John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., approximately 48 miles west of Biloxi and 45 miles east of New Orleans.
Official visitors to Stennis Space Center are required to register at one of the two entry gates and obtain an official center entrance badge. Visitors must show valid driver's license.
From the west (Slidell, New Orleans, La.): Travel east on Interstate 10. Take Exit 2. Turn north onto Hwy 607. Continue to the guard gate (approximately 2 miles).
From the east (Diamondhead, Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss.): Travel west on Interstate 10. Take Exit 2. Turn north onto Hwy 607. Continue to the guard gate (approximately 2 miles).
From the north (Picayune, Miss.): Travel south on Interstate 59. Take Mississippi Exit 1. Turn left onto Hwy 607. Continue to the guard gate (approximately 7 miles).
From the U.S. Hwy 90 (Bay St. Louis/Waveland, Miss.): Travel west on U.S. 90. Continue on Hwy 607 approximately 10 miles to the guard gate.
Visit request procedures for military, civilian and contractor guests:
All official visitors must send a visit request.
The preferred method is via JPAS. Send to SMO Code 623065.
Visitors can also send a completed OPNAV 5521-27 form and FAX it to the NAVOCEANO Security Office, Attention Code 01N at (228) 688-4881.
For non-government visitors and those who do not have access to the form, the following information should be provided on company letterhead signed by a security manager or supervisor.
Social Security Number
Date of birth
Place of birth
Level of clearance (if any)
Agency granting clearance
Date/duration of visit
Point of contact at NAVOCEANO
Purpose of visit
For more information, contact NAVOCEANO's Visitor Control Desk at (228) 688-4161 or DSN 828-4161.
Motel lodging is available in the areas surrounding Stennis Space Center such as Slidell, La.; and Bay St. Louis, Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss. An internet search will give you a variety of options or contact one of the area Chambers of Commerce listed below.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber
Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce
Hancock County Chamber of Commerce
Biloxi Chamber of Commerce
Slidell Chamber of Commerce
St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
The lodging below is on the Construction Battalion (Seabee) Base in Gulfport, Miss., approximately 30 minutes east of Stennis Space Center. Per diem rates for Gulfport, Miss., can be found at GSA's Web site. Click on Mississippi.
Stethem Memorial Navy Lodge
228-864-3101 or 800-628-9466
Hours of Operation: 0700-1900
Combined Bachelor Housing
5401 6th Street
Gulfport, MS 39501
Active Duty Navy and DOD civilian personnel: 800-576-2357
Non-Navy Servicemembers: 228-871-2505
Rate: 20.00 (E-6 and below); 25.00 (above E-6)