The U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay is located on Crete, Greece on the Hellenic (Greek) Air Force Base near the village of Mouzouras, 17 kilometers (approximately 10 miles) east of the city of Hania. NSA occupies an area of approximately 110 acres on the north side of the air base. The base is physically located on the large, circular shaped Akrotiri Peninsula, which forms the northern face of the Souda Harbor.
Passports are not required for active duty Navy personnel reporting on orders, but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you anticipate taking leave in theater during your tour. Passports/visas are required for family members. Note: This is a family member restricted tour but family members may visit during your assignment. Civilian attire is mandatory for travel to and from Greece on Air Mobility Command (AMC). Currently there are weekly Category B flights from NAS Norfolk, Virginia to NSA Souda Bay, Crete and return.
For customs/ immigration your PCS orders (including NATO travel orders) and military identification card will be required. Civilians must have their passports stamped both on arrival and departure from Greece.
Travel by AMC flight is easiest, but may not always be available. The flight departs Norfolk, VA most weeks of the year. The flight makes a brief stop in Naples, Italy before arrival in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece.
If you travel by commercial carrier you should arrive at the Chania International Airport and will be met by your sponsor outside the baggage claim area. If no one from the command is present, you should call your sponsor, the command Admin department during working hours (28210-21667) or the Command Duty Officer (CDO) (697-207-9832) for assistance upon arrival. There are normally taxis outside the commercial airport. You will not gain entrance to the base unless you have obtained base access permission in advance. If you have problems at the gate you should contact the Admin Department or the CDO.