Coast Guard Portsmouth VA
US Coast Guard Base Portsmouth Relocation Information
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Welcome to USCG Base Portsmouth, Virginia!
Coast Guard Portsmouth VA provides a wide variety of support services to units and personnel within the US Coast Guard's 5th District, including general administration and personnel management, medical, supply, procurement and warehousing, industrial services, facilities maintenance, electronic and naval engineering, computer/electronics support, as well as morale and recreational services.
USCG Base Portsmouth is in Portsmouth VA in the Hampton Roads area. The military presence in Hampton Roads is the largest concentration of military personnel outside the Pentagon. The presence of the Army, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard make this area a true joint forces atmosphere.
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The Hampton Roads area includes the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Suffolk, and is populated with more than 1.5 million people. Driving will typically include crossing water via the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel System (HRBT), where traffic is frequently an issue. Be sure to factor in extra time for commutes and travel.
The Downtown Tunnel and Midtown Tunnel are toll roads that connect Portsmouth and Norfolk. These tolls are electronic without toll booths so you’ll either be billed or you can purchase an EZ Pass.
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Some area history: Located on the western side of the Elizabeth River, Portsmouth’s history is steeped in the industry that surrounds shipbuilding and railroad activity due to its portside location. And because the city was founded by the English over 250 years ago, the city has many historic churches to tour.
The land that CG Base Portsmouth is on was burned to the ground in 1776 by the British, who soon returned and fortified the area under the command of none other than Benedict Arnold.
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Frequently Asked Questions About USCG Base Portsmouth
1) In what city is USCG Base Portsmouth, Virginia?
CG Portsmouth is located in Portsmouth VA at 4000 Coast Guard Blvd, Portsmouth, VA 23703. It is located on the Elizabeth River and dotted with multiple parks and nature preserves.
2) How far is USCG Base Portsmouth from Norfolk?
USCG Base Portsmouth is located about 10 miles from downtown Norfolk.
3) What is Portsmouth known for?
With a spectacular waterfront, Portsmouth is considered an "ancient seaport with a hip vibe." You'll find homes that are centuries old, along with eclectic and locally owned restaurants and shops. Portsmouth was founded in 1752, and lovers of history, nature, and architecture will enjoy Olde Towne Portsmouth.
4) What is the zip code for USCG Base Portsmouth?
The zip code for USCG Base Portsmouth is 23703. Other nearby zip codes include 23704 and 23707.
5) What is the zip code for USCG Base Portsmouth?
BAH for Coast Guard Portsmouth ranges from $1734 for E-1 to $2088 for E-9 with dependents, and $1758 for O-1 to $2556 for O-7 with dependents. See the housing section for more info.
Base Location and Information
Also see Fifth Coast Guard District Portsmouth
Map of USCG Base Portsmouth
Coast Guard Base Portsmouth is located at 4000 Coast Guard Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA 23703, and is part of the Hampton Roads military community. The base is part of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads and sits just south of the Craney Island US Naval Reservation. The city center of Portsmouth VA and Norfolk VA are within a 10-mile radius of the Coast Guard Base Portsmouth. To the southeast and southwest of the base, within a 20-mile radius, are the cities of Chesapeake and Suffolk, VA, respectively.
The Hampton Roads area can be confusing because there are so many military bases within proximity to each other, and all very near or on the coastal waters.
Military Installations near USCG Base Portsmouth:
Be aware that the bridges and tunnels will be lifelines to daily activities and obstacles to manage regularly, so it’s wise to choose a property closest to your assignment. Military members will be stationed on The Southside or The Peninsula, and it’s typically easiest to reside in the coordinating location.
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Navy Gateway Inns at Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
Norfolk Naval Shipyard (757) 394-9165
1579 Andrew St, Portsmouth, VA 23709
Naval Station Norfolk (757) 489-2656
USCG Base Portsmouth VA Housing
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Military housing in the Fifth Coast Guard District is managed by the Base Portsmouth Housing office. The housing office is responsible for managing all facets of Coast Guard Housing in its area of responsibility to include owned/leased housing. Also available in the area is privatized military housing managed by Lincoln Military Housing - (757) 966-7673
USCG Base Portsmouth Housing Contact Info:
New Gosport District Office 313 Green Point Lane
Portsmouth, Virginia 23702
Stanley Court District Office, 16 Debra Lane
Portsmouth VA 23702
USCG Base Portsmouth VA Off-Base Housing
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Many popular neighborhoods are in the surrounding areas of Norfolk, Suffolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach, but be mindful of commute times and traffic backing up on the area's many bridges and tunnels. That 10-minute drive could turn into an hour or more during rush hour!
With 13 military installations in the region, there are nearly endless options for housing, whether you’re looking for rural living or a city center. Use the BAH calculator to find what fits your budget. Be sure to factor in extra time if you’re making the trek across the bridge/tunnel system.
USCG Base Portsmouth BAH
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S.based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed servicemembers compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about your Basic Allowance for Housing.
Compared to the rest of the country, USCG Base Portsmouth’s cost of living is 0.4% higher than the National Average.
Coast Guard Portsmouth is near Portsmouth and Norfolk VA with many options to buy or rent. BAH rates for zip code 23703 are:
- E-1 with dependents: $1734
- E-1 without dependents: $1365
- E-9 with dependents: $2088
- E-9 without dependents: $1809
- O-1 with dependents: $1758
- O-1 without dependents: $1728
- O-7 with dependents: $2556
- O-7 without dependents: $2019
Area Weather and Climate
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If you enjoy four distinct seasons, you’re in luck with an assignment to the Hampton Roads area! Hot and humid during the summer months, the area also may get snowfall during winter, so keep your winter gear handy. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the area's many parks, nature trails, and beaches.
USCG Base Portsmouth Area Schools
There are no schools on base at USCG Portsmouth. Virginia routinely ranks high on the lists of the best schools in the nation. Each individual city and county administers its own K-12 program. See below for Hampton Roads area counties. Click here for a map of Portsmouth Elementary School Attendance Zones
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Support for Military and Families
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There are numerous higher education opportunities in the area, along with a strong job market for spouses. Key industries in Hampton Roads include financial and corporate services, maritime, manufacturing, and much more. Some of the area’s largest employers include US Dept of Defense, Maryview Hospital, Portsmouth City Public Schools, the City of Portsmouth, Virginia International Terminal, Ceres Marine Terminals Inc, and Tidewater Community College. If you're looking for resume assistance and info on local job openings, check with the Portsmouth Fleet and Family Support Center.
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Area higher education:
Things to Do Near USCG Base Portsmouth
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Old Town Historic District: Historic Neighborhoods, antiquing, art scene and delightful restaurants, all clustered within easy walking distance of each other.
Children’s Museum of Virginia: Largest in Virginia with two floors of hands-on exhibits as well as a planetarium.
Paradise Creek Nature Park: 40-acre waterfront park that includes kayaking, trails, learning labs, wildflower meadows, picnic and play areas.
Roger Brown’s Sports Bar: Located in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, they’re serving up seafood, steaks, and other fresh dishes with multiple screens and TVs for sporting events.
The Commodore Theatre: 1945 Art Deco style movie theatre with a fine dining restaurant within the main auditorium.
JoJack’s Espresso Bar and Cafe: Variety of espresso drinks and coffees as well as specialty sandwiches, homemade soups and salads, and homemade desserts.
Norfolk Tides Baseball: Take the ferry across Harbor Bay in the Elizabeth River for an AAA baseball game.
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4000 Coast Guard Boulevard