NAVAL STATION ROTA
Naval Station Rota, Spain is strategically located near the Straits of Gibraltar and at the halfway point between the United States and Southwest Asia. Because of this ideal location, the base is able to provide invaluable support to both US Sixth Fleet units in the Mediterranean and to USAF Air Mobility Command units transiting to Germany and Southwest Asia.
It provides support for US and NATO ships; supports the safe and efficient movement of US Navy and US Air Force flights and passengers; and provides cargo, fuel, and ammunition to units in the region. It's located on the Bay of Cadiz off the southern coast of Spain, within the boundaries of the 6,100 acre Spanish Base Naval de Rota.
The base is used jointly by Spain and the United States. It remains under the Spanish flag and is commanded by a Spanish Vice Admiral. While the Spanish navy is responsible for external security of the base, both navies are charged with internal security. The US Navy maintains about 5,200 acres of the 6,000-acre complex. Naval Station Rota and its tenant commands employ about 3,000 Americans, including military, civilians (300), and their families.
For more information about Rota, go to its website at www.cnic.navy.mil/Rota
FACILITIES AND SERVICES
Personnel stationed at Rota turn to bowling, the fitness center, golf, the aquatics center, tennis, the marina, a theater, drive-in movies, crafts and an auto center.
On base programs of the Navy College Rota are conducted by the Universities of Maryland and Oklahoma, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Central Texas College. Students pursue Associate, Bachelor and Masters degree.
David G. Farragut Elementarty School and the David G. Farragut High School are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
The 52-bed U.S. Naval Hospital provides medical care for all military personnel, U.S. civil service personnel and their families. The Dental Clinic is located in the north wing of the hospital. Hours of operation are from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Information, referrals and counseling can be found at the family center on base. Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers numerous child and teen services through various centers and programs. The Youth Activities is co-located in housing with DGF Elementary and High School, and offers many fun and developmental special events as well as a youth sports program, video games, big screen TV/VCR and Internet access. For youth in 9th through 12th grade, The Edge is a "cool" place to hang out, with food, games, dances, trips and social events.
Fleet & Family Support Center
Professionals at the Fleet & Family Support Center are focused on assisting military and eligible SOFA sponsored civilian personnel and their families with the challenges of prolonged family separations, single service member isolation, and frequent relocation. It shares the common goal with the Naval Command Rota of keeping individuals healthy.
There are Catholic and Protestant religious services and activities at both the base chapel and hospital chapel. Contact the chaplain to learn of programs for other faiths.
The Navy Federal Credit Union offers all the services of branches in the U.S. including withdrawals, deposits, and transfers, loans, mortgages, credit cards, and traveler's checks.
Assignment to family housing on base is mandatory for all incoming officer and enlisted personnel on accompanied tours, provided there are homes available. If there aren't, personnel can live on the economy. Military personnel on unaccompanied orders in ranks E4 and below are required to live on base. There are a total of 800 homes on base at two sites, Las Palmeras for officer and and Las Flores for enlisted families. They are equipped with electric ranges, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers. They have central heat and air conditioning, as well as cable connections for the AFN TV service.
Every guest room at the Navy Lodge is oversized with air conditioning, cable TV with HBO, a DVD or video cassette player, direct-dial telephone service and a kitchenette complete with microwave and utensils.
The combined commissary and Navy Exchange is world class. The exchange offers Sight & Sound, a video mart, home center and food court, plus a barber and beauty shop, laundry and dry cleaning and photo studio. The commissary has a freezer section, produce area and deli.
The extensive MWR facilities at Rota include bowling, a library, a fitness center, an aquatics center, a golf course, movie theaters, the Pizza Villa and Youth Center.
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