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NS Rota, Spain


This category contains information on the Naval Station and tenant commands in Rota, Spain, including telephone contacts, basic safety and vehicle information, and items that are specifically important or unique to this location.

Location: Naval Station, Rota, Spain

Major Commands: Naval Station; Naval Computer and Telecommunication Area Master Station, Mediterranean Detachment (NCTAMS Med Det); Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2); Naval Hospital; Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA); Tactical Support Center (TSC); 625th Air Mobility Support Squadron (625 AMSS) Air Mobility Command (AMC); Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center (NEMOC); Marine Corps Security Force Company (MCSFCo); Naval Mobile Construction Battalion.


"Service to the SIXTH Fleet" is the primary mission of Rota. Its port is one of the busiest in the Mediterranean. Naval Station, Rota, and its tenant commands help to keep fuel oil, ammunition, and spare parts flowing to the operating forces.

Population assigned-served:
Active Duty: 3107
Family Members: 2642
Retirees: 325-350
Civilian Employees: 240

NOTE: Telephone procedures: The telephone numbers listed throughout this topic are local base extensions. The DSN prefix from the United States is 727-XXXX, plus the local four digit extension. If calling commercial from the United States dial 011-34-956-82-XXXX.


In September 1953, after almost two years of surveys, negotiations and planning, the governments of the United States and Spain signed economic aid and defense agreements. Construction of the naval base at Rota had already begun under the technical supervision of the Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks.

Naval Station Rota lies on the Bay of Cadiz in southwestern Spain on the Atlantic Coast. It is a tenant command of Spain's largest naval installation, Base Naval de Rota. The U.S. Navy maintains approximately 5,200 acres of the 6,000-acre complex. There are about 6,000 Americans in Rota, including military, civilians, and their families.

Nearby places of interest accessible by car are the centuries old cities of Cadiz, 25 miles away; Jerez de la Frontera, 18 miles to the northeast; Seville, 75 miles to the northeast; and the world-famous resort cities of Malaga and Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol.

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