Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo
Sasebo City, JP 8570056 011-81-956-50-3604
Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS) co-exists with the host nation’s Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and is located on Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu. Sasebo City is roughly a 90-minute drive from Fukuoka City which is Kyushu’s largest city. Fleet Activities Sasebo continues to support ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. Service Force ships, as well as mine sweeps, make Sasebo their homeport. U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo provides logistic support to the expanded Seventh Fleet. Area Population: 269,000 in Sasebo.
Sasebo has been a naval base since 1883, when Lieutenant Commander Tōgō Heihachirō nominated the small fishing village to form the nucleus of a base for the Imperial Japanese Navy. In 1905, ships of the Japanese Navy under Admiral Togo sailed from Sasebo to combat the Russian Baltic Fleet, leading to victory for Togo at the Battle of Tsushima.
The Imperial Japanese Navy had approximately 60,000 people working in the dockyard and associated naval stations at the peak of World War II, outfitting ships, submarines and aircraft. Sasebo was a popular liberty port for navy personnel.
In September 1945, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Fifth Division landed at Sasebo, and in June 1946, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo was established.
When war broke out in Korea three years later, Sasebo became the main launching point for the United Nations and the U.S. Forces. Millions of tons of ammunition, fuel, tanks, trucks and supplies flowed through Sasebo on their way to the U.N. Forces in Korea. The number of Americans in Sasebo grew to about 20,000; and some 100 warships and freighters per day swelled the foreign populations still more.
After the Korean War ended, the Japan Self-Defense Forces were formed, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships began to homeport in Sasebo (Sasebo District Force). The U.S. Fleet Activities continued to support ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. Service Force ships, as well as minecraft, made Sasebo their homeport.
The U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo provided heavy support to the expanded Seventh Fleet during the years of war in Southeast Asia. In the mid-seventies, the U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo became the Naval Ordnance Facility Sasebo, and fleet visits dwindled to a low level.
On 4 July 1980, this trend was reversed when U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo regained its name, and Seventh Fleet ships were once again forward-deployed to Sasebo.
U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo played a vital logistics role in Operation Desert Shield/Storm during 1990–91, by serving as a supply point for ordnance and fuel for ships and Marines operating in the Persian Gulf theater.
Sasebo was expanded as a result of the East Asian foreign policy of the Barack Obama administration, with a doubling of the number of LCACs stationed there.
Hospital/ Military Treatment Facility
U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo
FPO, AP 96322-0062
Phone From: U.S.: 011 81 956 50 2550 | In Japan 0956 50 2550 / In Japan: 0956 50 2551
Phone: (DSN) 315-252-2550
Mon – Thu: 0730. – 1600
Fri: 0830. – 1600
The Branch Health Clinic and Hario Village Housing Annex provide primary care and dental care services. Routine appointments are available for active duty and active duty family members. Retirees, retiree family members, and DoD civilians may also utilize services on a space available basis. Patients should call 315-252-8872 to make an appointment.
A medical provider and nurse are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week to assist patients with urgent medical needs. Patients can contact the clinic at 315-252-2551 to speak to a nurse. The on-call nurse will assess the patient’s symptoms and provide advice on the course of action to ensure proper treatment. This may include home care, an appointment with a provider, or contacting emergency transport to a Japanese hospital.
There is no emergency room at the Main Base or Hario clinics. Emergency response and transportation via ambulance is available for patients seeking emergency care on main base and Hario. Japanese ambulances respond to all off base emergencies. Emergency care is provided by the local Japanese hospitals. Patients should call 911 on base or 0956-50-0911 off-base for emergencies.
The Main Base Clinic and Hario Village Housing Annex provide primary care and dental care services. Our Family Practice providers are trained to handle the vast medical needs of both children and adults. Independent Duty Corpsman provide basic medical care to the active duty population. Routine appointments are available for active duty and active duty family members. Retirees, retiree family members, and DoD civilians may also utilize services on a space available basis. Patients should call DSN 315-252-3747 to make an appointment.
Directions to U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo
Sasebo is situated at Longitude 129o 40′ E and Latitude 33o 10′ N in the northwestern region of Nagasaki Prefecture (a prefecture is equivalent to a U.S. state). Looking on the map Sasebo is located on the island of Kyushu, the most southern of the four main islands of Japan. Sasebo can be found on the coast at the southwest corner of the island of Kyushu, approximately one and a half hours drive northwest of the city of Nagasaki, and one and a half hours drive south of the city of Fukuoka. The next nearest U.S. military facility to Sasebo is Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, approximately five hours north of Sasebo on the main Japanese island of Honshu, in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Sasebo is 900 miles southwest of Tokyo and the Kanto Plains Region of Japan, where the U.S. Naval facilities of Yokosuka and Atsugi are located, along with the Army’s Camp Zama, the Air Force’s Yokota Air Base, and the Marine Corps Camp Fuji training grounds on the lower slopes of Mount Fuji. Sasebo is just 110 miles from Korea, across the Tsushima Straits, but the nearest ferry route between these two nations runs from the city of Fukuoka.
Driving to Sasebo
If you are already in Japan and plan on driving to Sasebo, the easiest route from Honshu is to take the Kyushu Expressway. South of Fukuoka, follow the signs towards Nagasaki. Get off at Exit #9 and follow the signs to the Nagasaki Expressway. From the Nagasaki Expressway, take Exit #6 to the Nishi-Kyushu Expressway and Sasebo. The Expressway ends at the interchange with Route 35. Follow the signs to Central Sasebo and continue on Route 35 (approx. 15 km) until you see a sign pointing right to “JMSDF Sasebo District HQ”. Turn left and continue straight to CFAS Main Gate. If traveling with a pet you will need to notify FMAT for van pick up ASAP. Your sponsor will assist in arranging pick up. Pets are not allowed on the airport bus.
Information and Referral (I & R) Services
PSC 476 Box 62
FPO, AP 96322
Phone From U.S. 011 81 956 50 3604 | In Japan 0956 50 3604 / In Japan 0956 50 3119
Phone (DSN): 315-252-3604
Mon – Fri 0730. – 1630
Sat-Sun – Closed
Navy Exchange Customer Service
School Liaison Office/Community Schools
PSC 476 Box 5
U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo
FPO, AP 96322-0062
Phone From: U.S. 011 956 81 50 2206 / In Japan 0956 50 2206
Phone (DSN): 315-252-2206
Mon – Fri 0800. – 1500
Mon – Fri 0730. – 1600
Sat-Sun – Closed
The numbers for Fairchild Air Force Base have low accuracy due to its unique utilization. Entire companies are rotated through on a regular basis, so large portions of the phone directory are subject to change without notice. Please contact the base operator at (509) 247-1212 if you experience any difficulty reaching your desired contact.