The site now occupied by Naval Air Station Pensacola has a colorful historical background dating back to the 16th century when Spanish explorer Don Tristan de Luna founded a colony here on the bluff where Fort Barrancas is now situated.
Construction began in April 1826, and the Pensacola Navy Yard became one of the best equipped naval stations in the country. In its early years the base dealt mainly with the suppression of slave trade and piracy in the Gulf and Caribbean.
In 1971, NAS was picked as the headquarters site for CNET, a new command which combined direction and control of all Navy education and training. The Naval Air Basic Training Command was absorbed by the Naval Air Training Command, which moved to Corpus Christi.
Located on the
Florida panhandle, NAS Pensacola is home to Chief of Naval
Education and Training, navy Flight Demonstration Team
(Blue Angels), Naval Air Technical Training Center,
Training Air Wing 6 and provides services to the adjacent
Pensacola Naval Hospital.
phone numbers: Commercial (850)452-0111 or
address: Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
11,192 active duty; 4,438 civilians
officer family units; 922 enlisted family units; 140
unaccompanied officer spaces; 6,500 unaccompanied enlisted
lodging: 528 transient units
(850)452-4609; 114-unit Navy Lodge (850)456-8676;
Service Center: (850)452-5990
Care: Center for 242, three-month wait; 20
approved homes (850)452-2211
care: Clinic. Appointments (850)452-5242;
benefits (850)505-6709/6915; Tricare (850)457-7878.
Also see Pensacola Naval Hospital
Pensacola NAS - Pensacola, FL has a
large size commissary - (805)452-6880,
a large exchange, a mall, and one shoppette (850)453-5311. Recreation at
Pensacola NAS - Pensacola, FL
includes arts and crafts, bowling, library, auto hobby,
recreation center, theater, golf, gym, swimming, outdoor
activities, and camping.