Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet > COMPHIBRON FIVE
 
WELCOME ABOARD
 
Congratulations on your assignment to COMPHIBRON FIVE, the finest Amphibious Staff in the Pacific Fleet. Your assignment at COMPHIBRON FIVE will be the most challenging and fulfilling of your Naval career. The information below is intended to facilitate a smooth transition to the command.

The first thing you should do is make contact with the staff to ensure a sponsor is assigned.
Email: n1@cpr5.navy.mil

A sponsor will make your transition go smoothly and ensure that you get started on the right foot. Your e-mail should be answered promptly.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  How do I get to the command?

Amphibious Squadron FIVE is home ported at Naval Station San Diego, embarked aboard USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8), USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52), USS SAN DIEGO (LPD 22), USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45), and USS ANCHORAGE (LPD 23). Prior to arriving in the San Diego area, contact the Admin Office to arrange local transportation to the command. After hours or on the weekend, contact the Staff Duty Officer.

Admin Office: (619) 556-3940
Hours: 0800-1600 Monday – Friday
Staff Duty Officer: (619) 888-0957

2.  How to plan your trip?

Planning your trip will be one of the most important things you do. There are many things to consider in order to make your trip as trouble-free and as safe as possible.

Plan your route - Figure out which route you plan on taking to get here. Some important questions to ask are:
• How many miles do I have to drive?
• What stops do I want to make (visit relatives, see sights, etc.)?
• Will I have any help driving (spouse, friend)?
• How much time will I have?

There are several sources of information to use when planning your trip. Trip planners are available at your local Fleet and Family Service Center.

Make sure your car is ready – You do not want your car to break down on your trip. While it may be impossible to anticipate everything that can go wrong, a little preparation can reduce the possibilities. The Naval Safety Center has a vehicle checklist you can use to identify possible problems. Also on that page is a suggested list of items to keep in your vehicle, especially during a long trip.

Safe driving tips - The recommended driving distance in a day is 350 miles if you are the lone driver. Driving further than this in a day increases your likelihood of being involved in an accident. Recent studies have demonstrated that driving while drowsy (DWD) is more dangerous than drunk driving. So get plenty of rest before you start your driving day. Here are some other safe driving tips:

Wear your seatbelt and ensure your passengers are belted in as well
Make frequent stops to combat fatigue
Observe posted speed limits
Increase following distance and/or decrease your speed during adverse driving conditions (darkness, rain, snow, fog)
Keep your eyes on the road and look as far down the road as possible
Don't let yourself be distracted
Don't use your cell phone will driving - many states have made this illegal

3.  What are the driving directions to COMPHIBRON FIVE?

  a.  From the San Diego International Airport

- Proceed South on N. Harbor Drive following the signs towards I-5
- You will travel through several lights on N. Harbor Drive until Grape Street
- Turn Left on Grape Street and proceed to the top of the hill
- You will travel through several lights on Grape Street until the I-5 South Onramp
- Turn right onto I-5 South
- Travel approx. 2-3 miles past the airport on I-5 South until you pass the Coronado Bay
  Bridge Exit
- The next exit past the Coronado Bay Bridge Exit is the 28th Street Exit
- Merge right onto the 28th Street Exit (Careful - once on the off ramp, it splits to the left then
  makes a sharp right)
- You will travel through three lights on 28th Street before ending at Harbor Drive
- Turn left on Harbor Drive
- Travel approx 1 mile on Harbor Drive until the intersection of Harbor Drive and 32nd Street,
  covered by a large foot bridge with the sign "Naval Station San Diego" displayed
- Turn right on 32nd Street and into the Naval Station's front gate
- At the front gate, ask which pier the designated ship is berthed

  b.  Traveling South on I-5

Whether you are traveling into California from I-5, I-8, or I-15, all of the Interstates within Southern California will lead you directly to Naval Station San Diego. If you are traveling South on I-5, the following directions will get you to Naval Station San Diego: - Enter San Diego traveling South on I-5
- You will pass the San Diego International Airport (on the right) and most of Downtown San
  Diego has you continue South on I-5
- Travel approx. 2-3 miles past the airport on I-5 South until you pass the Coronado Bay
  Bridge Exit
- The next exit past the Coronado Bay Bridge Exit is the 28th Street Exit
- Merge right onto the 28th Street Exit (Careful - once on the off ramp, it splits to the left then
  makes a sharp right)
- You will travel through three lights on 28th Street before ending at Harbor Drive
- Turn left on Harbor Drive
- Travel approx 1 mile on Harbor Drive until the intersection of Harbor Drive and 32nd Street,
  covered by a large foot bridge with the sign "Naval Station San Diego" displayed
- Turn right on 32nd Street and into the Naval Station's front gate
- At the front gate, ask which pier the designated ship is berthed

4.  Where do I go if the command is deployed?

When COMPHIBRON FIVE is deployed, inbound personnel will report to Transient Personnel Unit (TPU), located in Building 3142 at Naval Station San Diego.
You can reach the TPU OOD at (619) 556-3182 or (619) 556-3185.
From there you will await the return of the command or a flight to USS MAKIN ISLAND.

5.  Can you tell me more about San Diego ?

You are encouraged to contact the Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) San Diego,CA for more detailed information on the area, housing, schools, employment opportunities for spouses, etc. You can contact FFSC by calling (619) 556-7404 or on the web at: http://www.cnrsw.navy.mil/fsc/

6.  What is my new command mailing address?

Rank/Name
Amphibious Squadron FIVE
Unit 25098
FPO, AP 96601-5804

     
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