Joint Base Charleston
The Navy Nuclear Power Training Command, (NNPTC), trains navy officers and enlisted in the science and engineering of the design, operations, and maintenance of the naval nuclear propulsion plants. More than 3K sailors graduate and continue on to the Nuclear Power Training Unit, (NPTU). At NPTU, students receive hands-on training with two moored nuclear training submarines. These students will go on to execute the DoD’s no-fail nuclear mission.
JB Charleston is a hub for the storage, maintenance, and exporting of military supplies and armored vehicles. Military cargo is loaded aboard Navy pre-positioning ships and supplied around the world.
The Naval Health Clinic provides health care services to 12K enrollees and 5K naval nuclear students.
Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) creates innovative solutions for the modern-day warfighter. Some of these solutions include satellite systems, undersea surveillance, and remote sensors.
Additionally, the Coast Guard partners with JB Charleston units on river security and law enforcement operations.
Commissioned in 1941, the Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Charleston had two distinct missions: as a home for two strategic submarine squadrons and a tender, and as an ordnance station with a capacity for more than 60 million pounds of conventional ordnance. The ordnance mission continues today, and Joint Base Charleston - Weapon Station is the only military installation in the continental U.S. with completely unencumbered explosive safety arcs. The Weapons Station has expanded its mission and DoD support role, and today is a training center for the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Nuclear Power Training Unit, and other tenants.
JB Charleston (AB) is located about 10 miles from downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on approximately 3,400 acres of land within the North Charleston city limits in Charleston County. JB Charleston (WS), approximately 10 miles from the Air Base and 15 miles from downtown Charleston, is in the town of Goose Creek in Berkeley County. Both are located in the heart of the Lowcountry, the portion of historic South Carolina where pine and oak forests meet with the natural beauty of Intercoastal Waterway marshes and gorgeous barrier island beaches. With a rich military history and a moderate cost of living, the area has attracted many military retirees that now call the Lowcountry home. The Navy has several Commands in Charleston, as does the Coast Guard. The greater metropolitan region has a population of over 700,000 and we enjoy a great relationship with civilian communities where we actively participate in many civic, social, and cultural events.