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Installation Overview -- Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


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Installation Overview -- Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

An aerial view of a yard boat ferry crossing the harbor at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy; photo by: Chief Mass Communication Specialist Bill Mesta

Located in the Oriente Province on the southeast corner of Cuba, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is about 400 air miles from Miami, Fla. The base is in the Caribbean and has an excellent climate, a relatively short rainy season, and beaches with swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and boating opportunities. The waters of the bay flow between the two sides of the base.

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is essential to Maritime Strategy and serves as a cornerstone of U.S. military operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

NS Guantamo Bay's mission is to enhance the ability of vessels from the U.S. military and allied forces to operate in the Caribbean by providing fuel, supplies and vital logistical support for their operational commitments. The base also participates in and directly supports the Department of Homeland Security in U.S. migrant operations in order to help care for displaced migrants from the surrounding area, effectively helping control the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

The base has a unique posture in the Western Hemisphere in that it is the oldest U.S. base outside the continental U.S., and the only one in a Communist country. The base was established by treaty in 1903.

Official website for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay

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