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NSA Annapolis Relocation Information

 

 

NSA Annapolis

 

Welcome to Naval Support Activity NSA Annapolis!

 

Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis is located on the Severn River in Annapolis, Maryland. NSA Annapolis is charged with delivering base operating support services to tenant commands. These include the United States Naval Academy, North Severn Complex, Chesapeake Bay Detachment in Randle Cliff, MD, and the Navy Operational Support Center in Baltimore, MD.

 

NSA Annapolis was officially established in 2006, after determining the need to streamline previous operations. However, the station’s history dates back to 1851, six years after the U.S. Naval Academy was established. Naval training was initially conducted on what was then known as Fort Severn. The first ship to be stationed at Fort Severn was the USS Preble.

 

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The USS Sioux City transits the Severn River. Image via U.S. Navy.

 

Today, NSA Annapolis supports activities that include a fleet of more than 250 Yard Patrol and sail craft. These vessels teach midshipmen the skills required to succeed in basic and advanced seamanship and navigation. NSA Annapolis is home to more than 600 military and civilian employees.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions About NSA Annapolis

 

1) Where do families stationed at NSA Annapolis live? 

 

NSA Annapolis has multiple options for housing. Lincoln Military Housing operates privatized on base housing. Off base, many service members choose to live in Annapolis because of the convenient location and commute. Others choose nearby cities such as Severna Park, Pasadena, Crofton, and Arnold. Nearby Fort Meade NSA also has on base housing managed by Corvias.

 

2) Where do kids attend school near NSA Annapolis?

 

The public school system that encompasses Annapolis and nearby cities is Anne Arundel County School District. Many private schools are available in Annapolis, and a community favorite is the Naval Academy Primary School, however, it is not associated with U.S. Naval Academy.  

 

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Annapolis MD image via Ken Lund

 

3) Can we walk around and take a tour of the U.S. Naval Academy campus?

 

Yes, in fact, the official USNA tours are highly regarded and often full during popular holidays and campus events. The best place to start is the Visitor Center inside USNA Gate 1. 

 

Military Installations Near Naval Support Activity NSA Annapolis

 

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Base Location and Information

Official Site: Naval Support Activity NSA Annapolis

 

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Installation map via navy.mil

 

Annapolis is one of those cherished duty stations that has a pleasant dual personality. Certainly, NSA Annapolis has a major impact on the city and the citizens appreciate the Navy’s presence, but Annapolis holds its own as a charming coastal city with a small town feel to include historic buildings and brick walkways. 

 

Established in 1649, Annapolis is the seat of Maryland’s government and is a prime target for tourist dollars all year round, especially because, for some audiences in the sailing world, it is the Sailing Capital of the U.S., despite arguments from locals in Newport, Rhode Island. 

 

Multiple bodies of water surround NSA Annapolis. The campus is located on the banks of the Severn River and the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Nautical influences affect most occurences— from high tides and flood warnings to regattas and sailing lessons, and right down to everyday dining and shopping. 

 

Annapolis Harbor

Annapolis Harbor image via KP Tripathi

 

Not quite part of what is traditionally considered the National Capital Region (NCR), Annapolis is positioned about 35 miles east of Washington, D.C., and 30 miles south of Baltimore. Dual servicemember couples who find themselves hoping to serve near their spouse stationed at NSA Annapolis often look to nearby military installations such as Fort Meade NSA or further south into the Washington, D.C., area. 

 

Commuting into the D.C. area is a challenge for those living at NSA Annapolis and for those who have the need to travel into the city often. A good day of commuting equals a 45-minute drive each way, but most days this time frame will exceed an hour. US 50 is the major roadway that commuters use into Washington, D.C.

 

US 50 also allows beach traffic to flow, or to stand still. During the warm months, “beach traffic” is a force to be reckoned with, especially heading over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which leads to Atlantic Ocean destinations such as widely popular Ocean City, Maryland, in addition to nearby neighboring beaches in Delaware: Bethany, Rehoboth, and Lewes. 
 

Arrival Lodging

 

Navy Getaways Annapolis

2 Truxtun Road

Annapolis, MD 21402

410-293-3906

 

Navy Lodge Annapolis

NSA Annapolis

347 Kinkaid Road

Annapolis, MD 21402

410-757-7900

 

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NSA Annapolis On Base Housing

 

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Arundel Estates via Lincoln Military Housing

Navy Family Housing Office

349 Kinkaid Road

Annapolis, MD  21402

410-293-9731/9739

 

Lincoln Military Housing

349 Kinkaid Road

Annapolis, MD  21402

410-349-1740

 

NSA Annapolis servicemembers have the option of investigating private military housing through Lincoln Military Housing, which operates nine communities offering nearly 300 housing choices. These choices include historic properties, modern homes, and apartment living. Do note that some housing is on U.S. Naval Academy property, but other communities are located nearby, off base. Distances off base are less than five miles. Be sure to read over each of the community descriptions and locations. 

 

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NSA Annapolis Off-Base Housing

View homes for sale and houses for rent near Naval Support Activity NSA Annapolis

 

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Downtown Annapolis via highlimitzz

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Downtown Annapolis is a picturesque community with a strong presence of colonial architecture in both the homes and public buildings. Those who chose to live downtown near the water couldn’t ask for a better location or amenities, but will deal with the downfalls of older building maintenance, power outages, and water associated problems such as flood damage from high tides and coastal storms, including hurricanes and Nor’easters. 

 

Before deciding on a home, check on the origination of the water supply. Water sources depend on the neighborhood. Some use public water utilities, while others use septic tanks and wells. 

 

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Image via Annapolis.gov

 

Not too far from NSA Annapolis, about 5 miles or so, lies the commercial center--the more recently developed portion of Annapolis. Shopping centers, food outlets, and plenty of entertainment destinations are available if you prefer to live in an area with homes that are younger than those found in downtown Annapolis. 

 

Severna Park is one of the most popular locations for NSA Annapolis servicemembers to live, especially if school aged children are in need of public schools. The city is preferred due to the quaint streets, strong community feel, and access to multiple beachfront locations. Crofton, Arnold, and Pasadena share similar qualities to Severna Park, and families often find homes in these towns to suit their needs. 

 

Moving west from NSA Annapolis, military families also find homes in Odenton (near the closest MARC station, which accesses Washington, D.C. Metro and Amtrak railways) and Gambrills. These cities work particularly well if dual military couples find themselves split between NSA Annapolis, Fort Meade NSA, and possibly further south into Washington, D.C. 

 

Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are common in this region. Be aware of their fees before signing a contract, including rental homes. 

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NSA Annapolis Weather & Climate

 

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Annapolis Autumn Scene via Matthew Beziat

 

Get ready to go shopping! You’re going to need all the gear, from shorts and bug spray to shovels and winter boots. NSA Annapolis’s weather patterns include a little bit of just about every phenomenon: cold winters with an occasional blizzard, a blustery and wet spring season, very humid and hot summers, with the potential for hurricane residue from further out to sea, and a colorful, but temperate and short lived fall season.

 

The average temperatures range from the 30s in January and February to the mid to high 90s in July and August. 

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NSA Annapolis Area Schools

 

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Existing Elementary School Boundaries in Annapolis via Capital Gazette

 

Military families who need public education in Annapolis and in many popular surrounding areas are zoned for Anne Arundel County schools. The district is large and serves 75,000 students enrolled in Pre-K through grade 12. 

 

Those interested in private school education can find information from the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools. The Homeschool Co-op for NSA Annapolis is a central place to begin connecting with other homeschool families. 

 

The Student Liaison Officer assigned to NSA Annapolis also has additional resources to help families choose between, public, private, and homeschooling options.

 

The following are some helpful links for more information for your children’s schooling:

 

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Support for Military and Families

 

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Because Annapolis is near two large cities and multiple military installations, there is ample support for military and their families. Private and public programs originating in the NCR often extend up to Annapolis. Take advantage of the opportunities provided by recognizable names such as Military Officers Association of America, National Military Family Association, Hiring Our Heroes, and Blue Star Families

 

Nearby, Anne Arundel Community College and Howard Community College campuses are robust higher education systems that work directly with the military community. The University of Maryland system also offers higher education through undergraduate and graduate programs. 

 

Some more helpful links:

 

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More Area Info

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Base Address:

348 Kinkaid Road
Annapolis , 21402-5073

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