Whether you’re stationed at the world’s largest Naval Station and homeport of the Navy’s Atlantic fleet (Naval Station Norfolk) or at the 40-acre Naval Support Activity (NSA) Orlando base, life on a base or at a homeport is not that different from civilian life.
A Navy base is simply an installation where Navy personnel live and work. Most are affiliated with ports, but not all. A Navy homeport is a waterside installation in the United States or overseas where one or more Navy vessels are stationed.
Most bases have a grocery store or commissary with great prices, gas station, theater, fitness centers, medical facilities, chapels, a library, and all kinds of sports and recreational amenities. You may even find a bowling alley, department store or teen center, along with moms, dads, kids and even some visiting grandparents.
But beyond this, when you first arrive on base or at a homeport, you’ll enter a vast network of available services. If you’re a parent, there may be new parent support, child and youth programs, teen programs, and programs for kids of deployed parents or for exceptional-needs family members to help Sailors who have family members with special needs.*
*Needs include any special medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational requirement, wheelchair accessibility, adaptive equipment or assistive technology devices and services.
Above information from the US Navy website.