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on your orders to USNS MERCY (T-AH 19)! It is a great pleasure to have you join the MERCY family and welcome you aboard. You are joining an outstanding Command and a terrific group of people. It is my intent to provide you with a working environment that will afford you the opportunity to excel and realize your full potential as a member of US Navy and our team.

When the ship is in Reduced Operating Status, berthing and messing are not available, and all personnel will reside on or off base housing, or bachelors quarters and receive commuted rations for messing. The local housing office will be able to assist you in your on-base housing arrangement as well as offer information on off-base accommodations. Geographical bachelors (GB) are highly discouraged due to very limited GB housing in the Navy Region South West (San Diego).

Where do I report?

If the ship is in port, report in the Uniform of the Day to the MERCY quarterdeck. The quarterdeck watch standers will endorse your orders and arrange for temporary berthing if needed.

If the ship is at sea, reporting personnel should report to TPU San Diego awaiting the ship’s return. Phone numbers to TPU San Diego is (619) 556-7331.

The uniform of the day for summer is Summer White for E6 and below, and Service Khaki for E7 and above. The uniform of the day for winter is Winter Blue for E6 and below, and Service Khaki for E7 and above. Coveralls are not authorized unless going directly to or coming directly from a ship.

What is the Ship's daily routine?

Normal working hours are from 0630 to 1530. Daily quarters will be held at 0630.

Flying into San Diego?

If you are flying, he/she will make arrangements to have you picked up at the airport. Duty driver will pick you up at the airport. Should you plan on finding your own transportation, transportation from the airport using the Cloud Nine shuttle, 1-800-9-SHUTTLE (located in Terminal 2) will cost $10.00. A Commercial taxi to the Naval Station dry side (Donnelly Hall, Bldg. 3362) is about $25.00. Shuttles and Taxis are not allowed on base and it is approximately a 1/2 mile hike to the Bachelor Quarters.

Getting around San Diego

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.

Housing and Lodging in San Diego

San Diego housing information is provided in the directory entitled, "San Diego Resource Guide" and "Assignment San Diego". These directories contain a complete description of options and services available to assist you and your family if moving to San Diego . The Military Family Housing Office can also provide a PCS Housing Assistance report. Both are available at the local Navy Housing Office located in BLDG 3544, on the hill across from the Navy Exchange and behind the USA Credit Union. They can be reached at: for housing sites and directions. 

Before entering into a house rental or purchase, the Housing Referral Office for Naval Station San Diego (619) 556-8072 or DSN 526-8072 provides a referral service for both on and off-base housing units. There is a tremendous amount of information available in their package. There are hundreds of furnished and unfurnished apartments throughout the San Diego area. The San Diego Family Services Center Welcome Aboard Package contains two outstanding apartment directories. Be sure you fully understand the conditions of your lease before you sign for occupancy of any apartment. Personnel at the Housing Referral Office will review the lease with you upon request. Ensure your lease contains a "military clause". A military clause is a special lease or rental provision that allows military members to cancel rental agreements, without penalty, upon receipt of unexpected reassignment/Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.

Household Goods

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).


CORONADO: Trolley north to American Plaza Transfer Station. Walk to Broadway Pier, Take Coronado Ferry. Take Bus #904 around Coronado. Central Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard with a back drop of fine homes and mansions, restrooms, and shower facilities. Lifeguards on duty. Tide pools, fishing in front of the Hotel del Coronado.

GLORIETTA BAY BEACH : Located south of the Hotel del Coronado and City Hall, it offers a unique view of the Glorietta Bay and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.

CORONADO GOLF COURSE: Public course features 18 holes with backdrop of Glorietta Bay , San Diego-Coronado Bridge and the Hotel del Coronado. A driving range, pro-shop, grill and meeting rooms are available. (619) 435-9485

BOATING and FISHING: Gloreitta Bay Marina (619) 435-5203, and Loews' Crown Isle Marina (619) 424-4000. Both feature boat rentals ranging from paddleboats to sailboats to jet skis to deep-sea fishing. Charter connection dining yachts is anchored at Glorietta Bay Marina. Water-skiing in South Bay off Loews Marine. Fishing on pier at Ferry Landing Marketplace. Fishing off Hotel del Coronado breakwater. Surf-fishing along the ocean.

BALBOA PARK / RUEBEN H. FLEET / MUSEUMS / SAN DIEGO ZOO: Trolley north to City College Station, 12th and C. Walk to corner of 12th and B, take #7 direct to Balboa Park .

DEL MAR RACE TRACK AND FAIR: Trolley to 3rd Avenue and Broadway in front of U.S. Grant Hotel, #34 northbound, transfer at the VA Hospital to #301 to Via de la Valle.

GASLAMP QUARTER: Trolley to Imperial and 12th Trolley Transfer Station. Go to back of building, get on east line trolley " El Cajon " going west, get off at Gas lamp Quarter.

OLD TOWN / BAZAAR DEL MUNDO: Trolley to 5th Avenue, stop at 5th and C, walk to 5th and B in front to California First Bank, take #5 or #105 northbound.

SAN DIEGO QUALCOMM STADIUM: Trolley north to City College Station at 12th and C, walk to 10th and C, take Stadium bus.

SEA WORLD: Trolley north to Civic Center Station, walk to corner of Broadway and Kettner, take #9 marked Sea World. (free to active duty)

WILD ANIMAL PARK: No service on weekends. Weekday service, trolley to City College Station at 11th and C, walk to 11th and B, take #20 Express marked North County Faire / Rancho Bernardo, at Montgomery Wards transfer #307.

ICE SKATING AT UNIVERSITY TOWN CENTRE: Trolley north to Civic Center Station, walk to 4th and Broadway, in front of Thrifty Jr., take #30 Express of #34 on Weekends or after 6 p.m.

SAN DIEGO LINDGERGH FIELD: Trolley north to Santa FE Depot, walk to Kettner and Broadway, take 32 marked Airport.


FASHION VALLEY: Trolley north to City College Station at 12th and C, walk to 12th and B (by the Chevron station), take #20 marked rancho Bernardo / North County Faire. (Mall and AMC Fashion Valley 4 Theater)

GROSSMONT CENTER: Take trolley to 12th and Imperial, take trolley marked EL Cajon , get off at Grossmont Center (Mall and Pacific Cinema Theater).

HORTON PLAZA: Trolley to Fifth Street Trolley Station, Walk one block down Fifth Street to Broadway, Turn right and walk one block Horton Plaza is on left (Mall and UA Theater).

MARKET PLACE AT THE GROVE: Trolley to 5th Ave , walk to C and 4th, take bus #5 or #16. (Mann 9 Theater)

NORTH COUNTRY FAIRE: Trolley to City College Trolley Station at 11th and C, walk one block to 11th and B, #20 Express marked Rancho Bernardo / North County Faire. DO NOT TAKE #20a or #20b.

PLAZA BONITA: Take trolley south to 24th Street in National City ; take#601 or #602 to Plaza Bonita.

SWEETWATER TOWN & COUNTRY SHOPPING CENTER: Trolley south to 24th Street in National City , take #601 to Sweet Water Town and Country Shopping Center (Mall and Theater).

UA, CHULA VISTA THEATER: From the bus stop at Harbor and 32nd Street , take bus #706 to the UA Chula Vista Theater.



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