Welcome aboard Shipmate!
This web site serves as a supplement to the USS BENFOLD Welcome aboard Package. It will help in your preparation, travel, and check-in processes. It is designed to give you an overview of specific items and information to make your transition and stay here safe and worry-free.
The StayNAVY website now has a Sponsor Assignment Aid Request form. This tool allows you to communicate with your gaining command and request a sponsor to be assigned to you during your transfer.
Before you launch the SAA, you must already have your orders in hand. To request a sponsor now, visit the StayNavy website.
Your request will be emailed with an assigned tracking number to your perspective command's sponsor coordinator, who will assign a sponsor to you based upon the information you provide.
If you do not receive a timely response from your sponsor, you may use the Sponsor Request Inquiry to check the status of your request.
Note: Please allow at least 7 calendar days for your gaining command to read your request and 14 calendar days to process it.
Note to Commands: To add or update your Sponsor Coordinator information, please use the Sponsor Coordinator Update program.
Where do I report?
If the ship is in port, report in the Uniform of the Day to the BENFOLD quarterdeck, (619) 556-3866. The Officer of the Deck will endorse your orders and arrange for temporary berthing if needed. Normal working hours are from 0645 to 1545. Daily quarters will be held at 0715.
If the ship is at sea, reporting personnel should report to the Transient Personnel Unit (TPU), Bldg. 3142, Naval Station San Diego CA. The telephone number is (619) 556-3185.
The uniform of the day for summer is Summer Whites for E-6 and below and Service Khaki for E-7 and above. The uniform of the day for winter is Winter Blues for E-6 and below and Service Khaki for E-7 and above. Personnel attending schools will conform to the uniform policy of the respective training organization. Coveralls are not authorized unless going directly to or coming directly from a ship in conjunction with training.
There is ample public transportation in the San Diego area. Bus and taxi service is available almost around the clock, as well as a comprehensive San Diego Trolley system, which runs to the base. A base shuttle is available and stops at all points of interest on the naval base including piers, exchanges, PSD, barracks, clubs, and fitness centers. Numerous area maps are available from Family Service Center located on the hill across from NAVSTA Exchange.
Getting a Base Decal
Naval Base San Diego recognizes all DOD decals. You are not required to obtain a Navy South West Region decal while on TAD orders to the PCD provided you have a valid decal from another base. Issuance of a NAVSTA San Diego (Navy South West Region) decal requires the following: A valid driver's license; current state registration certificate; proof of insurance with personal liability, property damage, and deductible coverage of at least $1,500/$1,500/$500 respectively; Pass the California Vehicle Smog Test requirement (even if it is registered in another state); and a current military ID. Personnel applying for a motorcycle base decal will be required to produce a valid stamped license and successfully complete the motorcycle defensive driving course prior to issuance of decal. For further information call Pass and Decal Office at (619) 556-1651.
Contact the Personal Property Office at Naval Station San Diego for information on your inbound personal property shipment. Their phone number is (619) 556-MOVE (6683).