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2013 - 2014 Naval Station Rota, Spain

Naval Station Rota, Spain l Welcome Aboard
Welcome to U.S. Naval Station Rota, Spain, the “Gateway to the Mediterranean.” NAVSTA Rota is located on Basé Naval de Rota, a Spanish Naval Base on the southwest coast of the beautiful country of Spain, adjacent the cities of Rota and El Puerto de Santa Maria. A tour of duty here offers a variety of things to see and experience as this area is a wonderful place to live and work. Being stationed here also gives you the unique opportunity to share the Spanish culture with your family and friends. Whether you are assigned to the command or tenant commands aboard NAVSTA Rota, you are part of an exciting team. We are a vibrant, multi-service Naval installation with a clear focus on one common goal: providing the best operational and logistic support to the warfighter, be they Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps or our allies. Our Spanish hosts and neighbors are warm and friendly. Learning the language and culture will enrich your time here, and you’ll leave Spain with many friends and fond memories of what could be your greatest tour. Whether you come here with your family or you are single, there are countless opportunities for travel, education and personal and professional growth. Life in Spain is different than what you are used to in the States, and you will be faced with some unique challenges. That’s one of the reasons we are glad to provide this guide: to answer many of the questions you may have about your new home, as well as to aid in a smooth transition here. We encourage you to take early and frequent contact with your sponsor as he or she can find answers to your detailed questions and walk you through the transition process. Additionally, you can find out quite a bit about the base on our website, http://www.cnic. navy.mil/rota, at the Military Installations database, http://www.militaryonesource.mil or by visiting our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/USNavalStationRota.

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Spain has changed more in the last three decades than perhaps any other European country. It has shed its rural, developing image for one that is booming with tourism, construction and people who are proud of their traditions and progress. Visitors who are most readily accepted are those who embrace the Spanish culture. Spaniards tend to be more conservative in their dress, and they rarely eat or drink while walking. Blending in means dressing more formally and becoming accustomed to later hours for eating and shopping. A big difference in Spain is when they eat, which is later than in the United States. Lunch hits its prime between 2 - 4 p.m. Dinner may start at 8:30 p.m., but reaches its peak as late as 11 p.m., especially on weekends. When ordering, don’t be surprised to get the entire fish, or the entire shrimp, legs and head still attached, though filets can be found. Seafood is always served in its shell, unless fried or in a sauce. If you prefer a filet, be sure to order it that way. Most meals come with bread and a small ‘tapa’ or appetizer - often olives or marinated vegetables. Eating etiquette varies from place to place. In Spain, for instance, locals rarely eat with their hands.


We would like to introduce you to our city, Rota, a welcoming city that deserves to be enjoyed. It is centrally located and has everything you might need. The naval base is also located within easy walking distance of the city center. With a population of 29,000 Rota is a clean and very safe city with one of the lowest crime rates in the province. From the tourist point of view, walk along its beaches, see the historical monuments, natural areas and enjoy its wide range of leisure activities including many bars, pubs, discotheques (dance clubs), pizzerias, burgers and restaurants of all kinds. And for everyday life, there are shops of all kinds including big and small supermarkets and well equipped workshops for vehicle repair. But Rota is even more. We would like you to find that it is the perfect place to live. Welcome to our city! We hope you have a very nice stay with us. Maria Eva Corrales Caballero Mayor of Rota

Greetings from Rota

Greetings from El Puerto de Santa Maria
Greeting from The Mayor It is a pleasure to welcome you to El Puerto de Santa María. During its long history El Puerto de Santa María has been, and still is, a city open to visitors and wears its hospitality with pride. This city is adorned with activities, natural and environmental resources, archaeology and monuments, cultural and leisure and above all its people. The people of El Puerto de Santa Maria whom I am proud to represent, will make you feel at home with their mannerisms. I sincerely hope that you enjoy your stay in this city and your adventure in El Puerto de Santa Maria will be unforgettable. Enrique Moresco García Mayor of El Puerto de Santa Maria

Pizza is cut with a knife and fork and eaten in bites, rather than slice-by-slice. Spaniards also don’t mind elbows on the table - but they do mind when someone yawns and stretches while dining. Tipping is expected in Spain, but there is no hardand-fast rule. Typically, 10 percent is adequate. Ventas are usually small, family-owned establishments that once served as a place for traders to eat. Now, they are simply a casual, family-style place to dine. A Meson, which means “inn,” tends to be rustic. If the word “bar” is on the sign, that means tapas (appetizers) are likely served with the local brew, while the word “restaurant” in the name usually indicates that this is a fine dining experience. Though Spanish is the spoken language in Andalucia, it is spoken with a different accent than in Mexico and other, more familiar Spanish-speaking regions. The best advice is to learn at least some Spanish before coming to Rota. Though you can get by without the language, locals are usually more patient with someone who attempts to speak in Spanish. Not knowing the language deprives you of truly integrating into this friendly, intimate culture.


pier-side maintenance and backload facilities. The U. Africa and Southwest Asia. Italy. The base port also offers secure. Navy and U.Rota.Naval Station Rota. three active piers.are operated by Spanish security forces. Unemployment in Spain is typically near the top of EU member nations and is higher than in the U. The commander reports directly to Commander. NAVSTA Rota is the only base in the European theater capable of supporting Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) post-deployment wash-downs. 400 facilities and approximately 375 family housing units.S. The agreement required two years of surveys.S.S. supports the safe and efficient movement of U. Navy Region Europe. civilian employees. and provides cargo.000 concrete tetrapods. Additionally. Spain l Welcome Aboard El Puerto and Fuentebravia .S. negotiations and planning which led to ground breaking on the base in 1955. Spain’s currency. 1. resembling large jacks.700 are family members and 400 are U. nearly 1. and NATO ships. Jerez de la Frontera. Some 10.200 Sailors and 1. about naval station rota 3 . Naval Station Rota is located on the Bay of Cadiz between the towns of Rota and El Puerto de Santa Maria.com/USNavalStationRota Rota was established in 1953. Navy security teams.S. economy Today the economy of Spain is the fifth largest in Europe. COMNAVACT Spain also serves as the commanding officer of Naval Station Rota. Security inside the base is provided by both Spanish and U.300 are active duty representing all services.facebook.600 dependents in the coming years due to four Aegis destroyers homeporting in Rota.navy. including a 670-acre airfield. Naval Activities ashore in Spain and Portugal.S. military retirees in the area.S. following the signing of an agreement for facilities use between the United States and Kingdom of Spain. Naval Station Rota and its more than 35 tenant commands comprise approximately 3.S. however.S. Four entry gates . Of those. Rota Naval Base was constructed under the technical supervision of the Navy’s Bureau of Yards and Docks. fuel and ammunition to units in the region. like most of Europe. Naval Station Rota’s Mission The Commander. were carefully placed to provide a seawall to protect a large artificial harbor. http://cnic.000 Americans within a 25-mile area. there are some 300 U. Naval Station Rota also supports ARG turnovers and hosts Sailors and Marines from visiting afloat units. Navy is responsible for maintaining the station’s infrastructure. located in Naples. Air Force flights and passengers. Naval Station Rota provides support for U. There is a projected increase of approximately 1. Spain faced a financial crisis beginning in 2008 which continues today.mil/rota/ https://www. The financial crisis has left many unemployed. Naval Activities (COMNAVACT) Spain is headquartered in Rota and serves as the area coordinator for all U. is the Euro.

keeping items out of sight in vehicles and protecting purses and wallets. though petty crime is more common than similar sized towns in the U. NAVSTA Rota. including tenant activities and departments throughout Spain and Portugal. is owned by the Spanish and commanded by a Spanish admiral. Rota also supports ongoing operations in the European theater of operations. The 6. Living and working overseas carries its own extra force protection considerations beyond those that have become a part of daily life in the U. They will address issues concerning travel both in and out of Spain. DoD civilians and their spouses.S.” Naval Station Rota is strategically located near the Strait of Gibraltar and is halfway between the United States and Southwest Asia. Newly arriving personnel will receive a refresher brief during the Intercultural Relations course (ICR). the rota base community Known as the “Gateway to the Mediterranean. you and your family members must complete Level I force protection training. That said. U. Naval Activities Spain is responsible for the force protection of all DoD members. Portugal. Violent crime is rare in Andalucia. Spain and Lisbon. known as Basé Naval de Rota in Spanish. personnel are guests and should behave as such.S. Spain l Welcome Aboard The base provides quality of life support to Morón Air Base and National Support Elements in Madrid and Valencia. Force protection 4 .S.Naval Station Rota. the U.S. Visitors are encouraged to use common sense by watching out for strangers. Commander. and Spanish navies work well together and share many facilities under the guidance of the Agreement on Defense Cooperation (ADC). as well as a local law enforcement brief. U. These informative briefs are open to spouses. As part of your overseas screening.100-acre Spanish-owned installation provides vital support to units transiting in or through the theater.S.

Detachment Rota 5 . The mission of CDS 60 is to serve as the Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) over administratively assigned units. in addition to providing advice to service members on defense-related topics such as nonjudicial punishment (NJP)/office hours. operate an Air Mobility Control Center. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8. boards of inquiry and courts-martial. schedules.S.Naval Station Rota. provide technical expertise to Navy/Spanish contractors on transportation issues and support DoD. Article 31(b) rights. supply. Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight and a Forward Supply Location. 725th Air Mobility Squadron 521st Air Mobility Operations Group The 521st Air Mobility Operations Group provides combat-ready Airmen who safely and effectively perform aircraft maintenance. recover. U. conduct demolition operations to include disposal of retrograde ordnance. detect. They perform aircraft generation. execute aerial port operations and provide command and control for operational requirements of the Defense Transportation System. They represent service members at administrative separation boards. maneuvers and operations necessary to accomplish Commander. NATO and higher headquarter taskings.S. launch and recovery actions. complaints of wrongs and a wide array of other issues. The group is the premier fixed en route air mobility operations group. and support minor ships husbandry services as required by COMNAVACT Spain. material. identify. control and approval of movements. Task Force 68 (CTF 68) The mission of CTF 68 is to exercise tactical control and functional component command over assigned forces for the direction. readiness. Naval Forces Europe.S. as directed by Commander. field evaluate and dispose of all explosive ordnance. maintenance. Defense Service Office North The Defense Service Office North Branch Office Rota (DSO North) is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation to military service members as efficiently as possible. render safe. Spain l Welcome Aboard Tenant commands in rota The 725th Air Mobility Squadron provides en route support for Air Mobility Command (AMC) strategic. Commander Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 60 Commander. discipline and morale of units in order to maintain the maximum degree of readiness. support U. Spain. theater and contract aircraft transiting Naval Station Rota. Secret Service and Department of State tasking. U. 6th Fleet missions and tasks. This command has operational EOD capability to locate. to supervise training. They also manage AMC missions and aircrew operations.

Emergency services are available 24/7. internal medicine. Other eligible beneficiaries are provided basic preventive. Spain Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 provides an operational explosive ordnance disposal capability to locate. Spain l Welcome Aboard as coordinating bunkering.mil/sites/nhrota/Pages/Home. psychiatry.S. the command provides platoons to Special Operation Command Europe. DoD civilians are charged an itemized fee. dental.navy. U.S. in managing port operations of dry cargo and aviation and diesel fuel at Naval Station Rota. Europe The Marine Corps FAST Company provides shortterm augmentation for installations and ships or vital naval assets when threat conditions have been elevated beyond the capabilities of the permanent security forces. Secret Service and Department of State tasking in Europe and provides Force Protection diving and other routine diving and demolition services as required. Task Force SIX EIGHT. The dental services directorate provides dental services to active duty personnel and their commandsponsored family members. Rota. obstetrics/gynecology. Europe Representative (MSCREP). With more than 250 health care professionals supporting your community facility. Spain The MSCREP supports the Commander.Naval Station Rota. MSC Europe. DoD civilians and contract employees and family members in the Rota community.med. Additionally. retirees. pharmacy and radiology. recover.S. identify. field evaluate and dispose of all explosive ordnance as directed by Commander. dentures) treatment is sometimes limited and based on the severity of need and panel recommendations. U. the hospital staff strives daily to provide the best health care in the world. active duty personnel and their family members must first be examined to identify all required dental treatment. Naval Hospital Rota. Please call 727-3305 or 727-3560 for further information. They also conduct deterrence/presence operations as approved by Commander. optometry. as well 6 . ancillary health services include laboratory. To obtain a referral for specialty dental care. orthopedics. physical therapy and surgery. Orthodontic (braces) and prosthodontic (crowns. Outpatient clinics provide primary care with specialty support in aviation medicine. In addition to in-patient and out-patient services. Naval Hospital Rota provides health services for all active duty personnel. pediatrics. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 http://www.aspx U. Naval Forces Europe. husbanding services and force protection for multiple MSC ships and port locations throughout Europe and Africa. Retirees and their family members may be provided treatment on a space-available basis. Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) Company. routine and restorative care. bridges. supports U.S. render safe. Military Sealift Command. family practice. The company is comprised of two FAST platoons and a headquarters element.

installation and other service components throughout Europe and Africa. Spain l Welcome Aboard Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Sigonella-Rota Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Rota provides logistics and business support services to fleet. material handling equipment support for intermodal operations. Services include: supply chain management. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe. Public Works Department Rota is a forward deployed extension of NAVFAC EURAFSWA and as such provides quality construction. hazardous material management. The trouble desk numbers are 727-2347 and 727-2348. The Region Legal Service Office is staffed by licensed military and civilian attorneys. Africa and Southwest Asia. control. personnel and transportation support to authorized military. Detachment Rota Personnel Support Activity Europe. PWD Rota provides a single point of contact for tenants aboard to contact in the event of a facility issue.Naval Station Rota. communications. contracting. Department of Defense customers throughout Spain and Portugal and others as directed. Public Works Department Rota Provides command. legalmen and civilian Region Legal Service Office (RLSO) 7 . civilian and dependent personnel in the European theater. household goods and vehicle processing and postal operations. professional. Detachment Rota (PSD) The men and women of PERSUPPACT Europe. proactive operational support for utilities and infrastructure services and expert engineering solutions to the DoD tenants aboard NAVSTA Rota. Detachment Rota provide prompt. its tenant commands. serving as the point-ofentry/point-of-departure (POE/POD) shipping and receiving agent for material from the United States via the East Coast. Public Works Department Rota is led by a Civil Engineering Corps commander and works directly for the installation commanding officer. comprehensive and courteous pay. computers and telephone services to Naval Station Rota. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS).

Spain. so contact them as soon as possible. If a family member is a category I or II. Please talk to the command sponsor. The surrounding area has several qualified veterinarians. The Department of the Navy (DON) requires early coordination of early intervention.) at overseas (OCONUS) and continental United States (CONUS) locations. Have your sponsor notify the EFMP installation coordinator immediately if any EFM issues should arise. Rota The Naval Station has one U. Spanish criminal and civil cases. This typically includes a detailed review of your civilian and military medical records. chain of command and primary care provider during the overseas screening process if there are any issues with the overseas screening and EFM identification. Your command’s administrative department will have details on this process. asthma. Reference OPNAVINST 1754. inoculations and an interview with a command representative. which is provided within time and equipment limitations.14D.e. the sponsor should contact the EFMP installation coordinator prior to arriving aboard Naval Station Rota. or eligible to attend. her or she will not be sent overseas (OCONUS). The EFM Exceptional Family Member (EFM) Program 8 . Please advise the command sponsor if there are any special educations or medical needs. estate planning and immigration. MILPERSMAN 1300-700 or BUMEDINST 1300. Veterinary Treatment Facility. etc. Details can be found in OPNAVINST 1300. special education and related services for children with disabilities who are attending. The EFM program is a tool for detailers to place the service member in an area to suit the educational and medical needs of the dependents while ensuring the service member can accomplish career progression and promotions. sleep apnia. Service members requesting overseas assignment with an EFM category III dependent(s) will still be sent overseas without their dependent(s) as long as the service member passes his or her overseas screening. Families already enrolled in EFMP must update their EFMP status with their primary care provider 12 months prior to negotiating for orders (PERS-451). command advice.Naval Station Rota. Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS). family law. The staff also prepares and executes wills.S. Army veterinarian whose primary mission is food inspection. Routine pet care is a secondary function. It is DON policy to ensure Navy families with EFMs are only assigned to areas where their EFM medical and educational needs can be met. attention deficit disorder. Preparing for Transfer Overseas Screening Upon receiving orders.2D. you should immediately begin the process of overseas screening for you and your family. If your family member is a category III or higher. Program evolved to include the identification and enrollment of all family members with special needs (i. psychological. medical examinations. Spain l Welcome Aboard employees and provides legal assistance in the areas of military justice. and a list is available at the Veterinary Clinic. drafts powers of attorney and conducts notarizations.2A for more information. detailer.

“no-fee” passport. Family member of military/civilian component members: official no-fee passport (visa not required).S. travel to Gibraltar and other locations in Europe and Africa requires a passport. To ensure a smooth and timely processing of validation stamps. enabling the grantee (usually the spouse or a trusted friend) to act on behalf of the service member. A power of attorney may be tailored and limited to fit your particular needs. Military members of the U.D. Personnel Center (see Foreign Clearance Guide DoD 4500. card. 3262 during the check-in process. For this reason. Note: If the family name of a minor dependent is different. open checking accounts. In order to allow members of the civilian component and dependents to stay in Spain for the duration of their tour of duty. call the NAVSTA Admin Office at DSN 727-3129. It generally takes four to six weeks to receive your passport. There is no need to obtain a Spanish visa. however.S. regardless of age. This validation stamp authorizes the member of the civilian component or dependent to stay in Spain for a period of three years. However. hook up utilities and live on the economy. This is standard practice. all passports must be processed for a special validation stamp through Spanish Immigrations. The Spanish government requires an NIE number to rent housing. This process takes from 7 .D. NATO personnel are required to have a no-fee passport prior to arrival in Spain when assigned to duty in Valencia or Madrid because of duty requirements. They may enter and depart Spanish territory without passports upon presentation of DoD orders and military I. No-fee passports are guaranteed to be valid while traveling on official orders only. DoD family member I. family members or civilians planning to make private/personal trips are highly encouraged to obtain a tourist passport. card (DD-2). The validation stamp will normally be entered in the no-fee passport. contact the Legal Assistance Office at 727-2531.Naval Station Rota. DoD family member I. If you apply for a tourist passport or renew your passport while in Spain. power of attorney A power of attorney may be useful or necessary. Spain l Welcome Aboard Sponsor Your sponsor will offer all necessary assistance to make your move as smooth as possible. Armed Forces do not require passports. assigned to Spain must be in possession of a valid official.D. Family members will be issued “Spanish I.D. If you need a power of attorney before transferring or deploying. However if a no-fee passport it is not available.D. All notarizations require presentation of two forms of identification. If you do not know who your sponsor is. ENTRADA (Entry) Stamp Passports/Visas Needed documents Family members of military personnel: regular nofee passport (visa not required). or for the duration of their sponsor’s tour of duty in the case of dependents. You may be required to hand over your passport 9 . Sponsors typically help with making temporary lodging arrangements. and it is required to show a picture I. card” by Security and will be recognized base-wide as command sponsored. custody document or certificate of relationship to sponsor is required. It is your responsibility. you must present an original birth certificate (or naturalization certificate) in order to apply.10 working days. though most hotels will be happy making a photocopy of your passport. it will be entered in the tourist passport. The legal office recommends obtaining a power of attorney prior to arriving in Spain. copy of sponsor’s assignment orders. when you spend the night at a hotel or hostel anywhere in Europe. passports must be turned in to the Pass and I. card. to communicate with your sponsor to let him or her know your needs and arrival date. All personnel assigned to NATO/ NSE must live out in town at these locations. certificate proving their status as a family member issued by a U. proper adoption papers.54-G for Spain). section of the Naval Station Security Department in Bldg. or until termination of their assignment to Spain. Members of the civilian component and all family members. answering questions and providing useful information for your transition overseas. copy of sponsor’s assignment orders.D. especially if the service member will be absent from home for extended periods of time. but they are strongly recommended. whichever occurs first.

but off-base fees can exceed $350). Failure to divulge this information can adversely impact your health and the wellbeing of your family members. Though you will be reimbursed for many of these expenses. medical requirements immunizations for spain For you and your family’s health protection. Spain l Welcome Aboard at your command prior to detachment as part of your overseas screening process. Naval Hospital. vacation costs of any sightseeing trips. telephone hook-up charge (on-base hook-up is free. the screening medical/dental officer should contact the Overseas Screening Office. that means starting a savings account early. etc. plan on saving between $2. including those living in government quarters. Please speak with your overseas screening coordinator to ensure you have all the vaccinations necessary prior to arriving in Spain. while on leave. meals. U. The screening must be completed at your current command. If there are any questions on the availability of medical care at Rota. Rota at DSN 727-3481 or commercial 001-34-956-82-3481. you must arrive at your ultimate duty station prior to your 29th week of pregnancy. preparing financially You and your family members are required to undergo overseas medical/dental screening within 30 days of receiving orders to an overseas location.. renter’s insurance is recommended for all personnel. rental car fees. These are to be received 10 . such failure may result in the early return of your family members at your expense and may subject you to charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. etc.000 and $4. dining out expenses while waiting for temporary or permanent housing. rent deposits. accompanied and unaccompanied. This information is essential to determine whether the overseas medical treatment facility has the capability of providing follow-up care for these conditions. tips. Relocating costs money. you and your newborn must be screened at your current command for overseas suitability six weeks after delivery. purchase of vehicle if you did not ship one or need a second. Additionally. luggage storage and handling. taxi fares.2 series. If you are more than 29 weeks pregnant. Screening forms are NAVMED 1300. if the required follow-up care is not available. If you or your family member has recently been hospitalized. insurance (most companies require a year’s premium up front). usually one month’s rent. If you are pregnant. entertainment. drinks.Naval Station Rota.000 for the move. For many. During the screening. car registration fees.1 series and DD Form 2807-1. magazines. inform the medical screener of any chronic health problems requiring long-term or specialized treatment. both prior to leaving the States and upon your arrival in Spain. much of it up front. hotels. certain immunizations are required.S. Detailed guidance on the screening process is found in BUMEDINST 1300. first month’s rent (advance pay is an option but that will mean another debt). souvenirs. a complete medical/dental record of all examinations and treatment pertaining to the hospitalization must be provided to the screening physician. Some anticipated costs are: traveling expenses such as meals.

King-size beds. coffee and side tables. Finding a home in the community typically takes less than 30 days. chest freezers. so select your household items carefully before shipping. will greatly limit available housing selections.and off-base homes for your entire tour. this does not apply to DoD civilians. for instance. Look for 50 . Wine shipments purchased in Spain may be shipped back to the U. Va. The Spanish Government will not allow alcohol purchased outside Spain to be shipped back. The cost of the equipment and installation are the responsibility of the resident. unless you arrive during July and August. couch/loveseat. but this will require a European or multi-system television that is compatible with the European PAL signals.usually at the Navy Lodge. Assignment to government quarters typically takes approximately two weeks. Whether you will live on. Meanwhile.S. If you anticipate living off-base.Naval Station Rota. which can extend the process beyond 45 days. so clocks and other devices that are set for a U. You are strongly discouraged from shipping appliances to Rota. from people who are leaving or from stores out in town. When selecting other optional appliances to bring to Spain.usually tens of thousands of dollars per cigar. Navy Gateway Inns and Suites or at an off base hotel. chest of drawers. Personal property importation timeframe Per article 45 of the Agreement on Defense Cooperation (ADC) between the Kingdom of Spain and United States. If you collect alcoholic beverages (wines/liquors). loaner furniture is available for a maximum of 90 days while you are waiting for your household goods shipment to arrive or after they have been shipped to your next duty station. On-base residents can request to install an antenna capable of receiving Spanish TV signals. Transformers are available at the Housing Service Center’s Self-Help Store for off base residents.or off-base. The excess furniture will What should i bring? be packed. Note: Transformers do not convert the hertz (Hz). This includes dishwashers. personal effects. refrigerators. Appliances using 220 volts can be purchased at the Navy Exchange.S. it is suggested they be left in storage in the States. kitchen table and chairs. Off-base residents can also receive AFN channels if they purchase an AFN decoder and compatible satellite dish. free of charge. 60 Hz cycle will not function properly even when transformed. for nontemporary storage. household goods and one vehicle intended for the exclusive use of the member and their dependents must be imported within six months of the date of their initial arrival in country to be considered free of all types of Spanish duties. The Housing Office Service Center (HSC) provides complimentary house-hunting transportation and can arrange temporary housing during the interim . active duty military are entitled to a one-time shipment of the excess back to CONUS within 15 calendar days of receiving household goods. since the housing office will provide loaner appliances for both on. both on and off base. Base housing offers American Forces Network (AFN) via a cable TV system that is compatible with American NTSC television signals. Power supplied off base is 220 volts/50 cycles. On/Off Base Electrical Current On-base current is 110 volts/60 cycles and presents no problem for American appliances. Attempting to ship or transport Cuban cigars back to the States carries a huge and prohibitive U. Customs tariff . This includes items such as beds. it may be better to wait and see what your requirements are when you arrive.S. 11 . stoves. Spain l Welcome Aboard In general. crated and shipped to Norfolk. you will need to purchase a European or multi-system television if you would like to view Spanish TV channels. expect rooms to be small. clothes or other miscellaneous items.60 Hz on the label. Transformers are also available for purchase at the Navy Exchange. This pertains to furniture only and not cartons containing books. the HSC will help negotiate rental contracts and explain lease agreements. with narrow doorways and scarce storage. washers and dryers. Should you move to base quarters and find you have too much furniture.

Some of the things you may want to include: linens. Once in Spain. .. toaster. express (unaccompanied baggage/ ub) shipment firearms As provided by the Spanish government.22 cal. kitchenware. The express (unaccompanied baggage) shipment should consist of items you will need immediately upon arrival in Rota. model. extra clothes (winter/summer). Be sure you do not exceed your unaccompanied baggage weight limit.Big game rifles (maximum): five . one should consider leaving firearms in storage in the U. When coordinated and approved by your origin Transportation Office a maximum amount of 500 pounds can be declared for your Spouse Pro-gear (SPRO).60 days to receive your personal property from the East Coast of the United States and 60 . Ship these items as soon as possible to ensure they arrive before you do. When shipping firearms.Naval Station Rota. pillows. Based on your PCS orders. toys. shipping of private firearms to Spain is authorized only to active duty military personnel in pay grades of E-5 and above and DoD civilian employees with equivalent grades. area rugs. hair dryer. Hunters must obtain licenses (in Spanish) and permission from landowners before shooting on private 12 . Firearms must be stored in the Security Department armory for the duration of the tour.High powered pellet guns and cross bows or combination thereof (maximum): 12 . . Guam and Japan can take 120 . Shipments from Hawaii.Shotguns.Automobile or motorcycle (One per military member on orders to Spain). This shipment usually arrives before the main personal property shipment. . . branch of service. mechanical alarm clock. flashlight. raincoats and umbrellas. They must be properly located in the crate or box number of your shipment. uniforms.Pellet rifles/pistols (semiautomatic firing. contact your NSE for specific details on your motorcycle importation (only NATO personnel are allowed to import two duty free vehicles). Members must also apply for a weapons ownership document or “Guia de Pertenencia” upon arrival.Household goods to Rota. NAVSTA Rota’s security armory is the only authorized storage facility of firearms aboard the installation. cooler. firearms must be registered with the Naval Station Rota Security Department. rank and command assigned.Pellet rifles/pistols (single shot): unlimited While it is possible to ship firearms to Spain. It must be shipped through your closest Vehicle Processing Center (VPC). All firearms must be registered with Spanish military or Guardia Civil firearms registrars. You may be liable for excess weight costs. coat hangers. your rank and number of dependents). the type of shipments you are eligible for may include the following: . Spain l Welcome Aboard household goods shipment It will take approximately 50 .Personal property to CONUS (designated location due to overseas assignment). baby furniture. . do not ship it in your HHGs shipment.Personal property to non-temporary storage (authorized for the length of your overseas assignment. iron/ironing board. If your choice is shipping a motorcycle. . coordinate with your origin Transportation Office). as there are no public gun ranges in the local area. maximum): six . rifles (maximum): six . vacuum cleaner and bags.130 days. papers and equipment (for military only). Note: If assigned to NATO units.Express (unaccompanied baggage) shipment (limited in weight depending on the branch of service. radio.Professional books. caliber and serial number.70 from the West. Transit time from the West Coast is approximately 40 days and from the East Coast approximately 30 days. common household tools. The types and quantities of firearms that eligible personnel may ship to Spain are limited to the following: .S. including make. be sure to have them specifically described on your DD-1299 (Personal Property Shipping application) and on the shipping inventory that packers will prepare.Handguns (maximum): one . hot plate.

In addition. You are required to keep a proof of vaccination and microchip with you at all times when walking your dog off base. All base housing units are fully fenced. contact your NSE for specific details on your firearms importation (NATO personnel must request importation approval in advance otherwise your firearms may not be registered). there are some parasites that flourish in this region that you may not be aware of back in the States. commercial airline regulations have be- pets 13 .facebook. may only apply based on where you live or travel within Spain with your dog. all pets must be microchipped and registered with the base veterinary office within 15 days of residency or of obtaining the animal. The Veterinary Clinic maintains a list of kennel facilities and petsitters. which can be difficult to obtain. number and sizes of pets. which can be done at the Veterinary Clinic on-base or any Spanish veterinary clinic for a nominal fee. Dog run enclosures are prohibited in housing areas. NAVSTA Rota does not have a pet boarding kennel on base. it must be boostered after one year to be in compliance with local regulations. It is important to locate an acceptable facility and secure your reservation well in advance if you require boarding for your pet. Rota Veterinary Services recommends monthly use of a topical flea and tick preventative. but pet owners cannot leave their pets outdoors full-time out of consideration for neighbors. There are limited facilities available in the surrounding area off-base. if one lives on or off base. Pets should remain on flea/tick and heartworm prevention year-round in Spain. If your pet has been administered a three-year vaccine in the States. Regardless of the number. For cats the recommended topical medication is Revolution. This medication can be purchased at the Veterinary Clinic. Consequently. Other requirements. All service member-owned pets must be kept current on vaccinations.com/pages/Rota-VetClinic/177876345561231?fref=ts You and your family are welcome to bring pets to Spain. such as muzzling and leash. There are things to consider regarding types. Be aware that it can be difficult to find a kennel that can accommodate large dogs for boarding. If living in on-base housing. Most Spanish landlords will impose similar limits on pets and may impose size or weight limits. In order to provide optimal protection for your dog. it is highly advisable to research costs associated with shipping a pet back to the United States or other international destination from Spain when the time comes for your PCS. Keep these factors in mind when considering a pet while in Spain. https://www. Spanish law requires annual vaccines for dogs and cats. specifically Advantix II. Note: If assigned to NATO units. Individuals moving to Spain are responsible for the cost of shipping their pet. The Veterinary Clinic can answer your specific questions regarding parasite control upon arrival. This includes registering your pet’s microchip with the Spanish tracking system. Southern Spain enjoys a temperate climate yearround. This expense is not reimbursable. Prior to bringing a pet to Spain.Naval Station Rota. property in Spain. Spain l Welcome Aboard come increasingly stringent with regard to pet travel to include barring specific breeds for part of the year due to hot and cold weather. This is the only topical medication that provides proven protection against sand flies that transmit the potentially fatal disease Leishmaniasis. On-base residents must also register their pets with the housing office within the same 15-day time period. you are limited to a maximum of two pets (defined as dogs and/or cats) with no limit on size. During your stay in Spain you will be required to comply with Spanish law regarding care of animals.

All owners of potentially dangerous dogs must obtain a license for such an animal from the local city hall within 30 days of arriving in Spain. or appropriate Spanish government officials. Tattoos are not a sufficient form of identification. Call 956-82-3225 or 956-82-3246 for assistance. Any other dog that demonstrates an aggressive character. c. HEIGHT: Snout height should be measure when mouth is comfortably open. Specific requirements for pets entering Spain include: . Once completed. any wolf hybrid and any dog with these breeds in their lineage (crosses) are also considered dangerous dogs. Owners of potentially dangerous animals residing on-base shall present a copy of their license to Security. Airlines charge fees for shipping pets. Additionally. . Obtain civil liability insurance. Ultimately.” All members of the force or civilian component stationed in Spain who maintain a potentially dangerous animal. start researching pet entry requirements. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 14 . Failure to obtain a license within the time prescribed will result in the impoundment of the animal and its potential destruction. Dangerous dogs in Spain include the following breeds and cross breeds: Pit Bull Terrier. Doberman Pinscher. the owner will need to carry the animal’s identity card and registration documents on their person at all times when the pet is in public. Have the requisite physical strength to control the animal when walked. German Shepherds. EYE LINE: Distance from one inch below the eye base to behind the ears (where neck circumference intersects). Boxers. one in below the eye base. CIRCUMFERENCE: Circumferences around the snout. Interpreters working in the Naval Station Security Department can assist owners of dangerous animals with the registration process. so they may help make reservations with your airline for you or direct you to the place to make reservations. . In order to obtain a license. LENGTH: Distance from the tip of the nose to one inch below the eye base.All vaccinations should be given to your pet at least 30 days or more prior to moving. requirements for pet entry to spain As soon you know where you’re moving to. Chow Chows. know that several airlines impose pet embargoes. must comply with Spanish registration procedures.Naval Station Rota. Rottweiler. NECK CIRCUMFERENCE: Circumference around neck. The following rules summarize the Spanish law as it pertains to owners of dangerous animals: (1) License. This label applies to all dogs of the breed. Please work closely with your transportation office to avoid any problems while traveling with your pet. . due to increased security measures on base. Ensure your transportation office knows you’re shipping pets to Spain. d. and this expense is not reimbursable. travel arrangements for your pet are your responsibility. (2) Once registered. and will not accept pets when temperature limits are exceeded during any part of your itinerary. or has been involved in an attack against people or other animals and/or is designated as potentially dangerous by COMNAVACTSPAIN. American Staffordshire Terrier.S. e. Spain l Welcome Aboard dangerous dogs Certain breeds of dogs are considered “dangerous animals” under Spanish Law 50/99. In addition.Animals must be identifiable either with a 10-digit or 15-digit microchip (ISO 11784/5). dangerous dogs must be leashed and muzzled at all times while in public. Staffordshire Bull Terrier. A license will be valid for a period of five years.Pets are defined as dogs and cats only. Department of Agriculture.Pets must be at least three months of age when entering Spain. The applicant must not have been convicted of a crime or have been administratively sanctioned for past violations mentioned in pertinent Spanish law. the applicant owner must complete the following requirements: a. Travel to Spain is primarily accomplished using commercial carriers. signed by any veterinarian accredited by the U. is also considered a “dangerous animal. Fila Brisileiro. b. Tosa Ina and Akita Inu. under the Veterinary National Accreditation Program (VNAP). . his designee. regardless of past behavior or temperament. Argentino Dogo. Pass a psychological examination from a qualified provider (several civilian clinics in Rota provide this service). WIDTH: Snout width at the widest part. regardless of whether they live on or off base. The applicant must be over 18 years old. the certificate must be endorsed by an official veterinarian employed by the Veterinary Services. behind the ears.Each pet must have a certificate of health for the European Union.

The passenger must provide an International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved container for the pet. Vehicles arriving directly from the United States driving in spain general pet travel information Pet owners are responsible for complying with all required documentation. If your vehicle is small. Parking in such tight quarters can result in dings and scratches. rats and tarantulas. chickens. If renting on the economy. prior to your arrival. Clearance of animals may be delayed after working hours and on weekends. destination and the animal’s name. In deciding whether to ship your vehicle. free from Spanish Value Added Tax (VAT). ducks.Check with your local veterinarian and the veterinarian in the country you’re moving to. free from the VAT. members of the force and the civilian component may purchase and maintain one European Union manufactured vehicle.Parts V. This travel document can be purchased at Rota Veterinary Services on base. They include. Be sure to bring your pet passport to all of your veterinary appointments both on and off base in order to update the document at every visit. Refer to the individual commercial carrier website and work directly with the airline to clarify flight eligibility requirements for your pet. requires a European Pet Passport. immunizations and border clearance requirements and should be prepared to pay any necessary fees to obtain them. VI or VII of the certificate are not required for animals traveling to Spain from the United States or Canada. Non-domestic pets or exotic pets are not authorized in family housing. . you may begin planning some trips with your pet. whichever is first. and a certificate signed by a military veterinarian does not need APHIS endorsement. is 99 pounds for commercial airline flights and 150 pounds on the AMC Patriot Express flights. Once you arrive and settle in. 18 years of age and over. free from all Spanish duties and taxes.There is no quarantine requirement for entry into Spain.S. but are not limited to snakes and other reptiles. he/she is also entitled to import one POV into Spain under the same tax exempt conditions. There are several new car dealers in the area which cater to Americans. may also own and maintain one European Union manufactured vehicle. All animals are subject to examination by the Customs’ veterinarian at the Spanish port of entry (usually Madrid Barajas airport).The health certificate is valid for four months or until the rabies vaccine’s expiration date. Spain l Welcome Aboard (APHIS). If your spouse is also military active duty or a DoD civilian coming to Spain on separate PCS orders. in possession of a Spanish driver’s license. turn around and lie down with normal posture and body movements (some commercial airlines simply require that the animal “be comfortable. 15 .Naval Station Rota. In addition. Mark “LIVE ANIMAL” on the container. large sport utility vehicles and other large vehicles can be a hindrance while traveling off base or while driving through the older. monkeys. . exotic pets shipping vehicles to spain All active duty military personnel and DoD civilian employees in receipt of permanent change of station (PCS) orders to Spain are entitled to import one POV. gerbils and guinea pigs are allowed. . military are considered official veterinarians. Include your sponsor’s local phone number on the container and a note in English and Spanish stating whether or not the pet is friendly with strangers. acquired in Spain. acquired in Spain. It must be large enough for the animal to stand up. air or sea.” so again. Hamsters. keep in mind that many of Spain’s roadways are narrow and parking is often tight. or at any off-base Spanish veterinary clinic. Family members of eligible personnel. container and pet weight combined. check with the landlord. Traveling with your pet within Spain and the rest of Europe. clearly indicating your name. either by land. The maximum weight accepted as excess baggage. Veterinarians employed by the U. it is wise to check on the particular requirements of the airline you are booked on). ferrets. narrow roadways of many cities. address. it should blend in .but full-size pickups. .

Important items and spare parts for your POV should be purchased in advance and included in your household goods shipment. If you purchased a new vehicle or previously relinquished your license plate you must obtain a license plate to drive the vehicle here in Spain. plugs. Children less than 12 years old and 53 inches or shorter must use a retention device adapted to their height and weight. Likewise. U. POVs must meet the minimum standards of exterior appearance that are considered acceptable in the military and civilian community. are required to register a motor vehicle in Spain. Service for American and foreign vehicles is limited by the availability of parts. electrical system components and accessories. It can take two to four weeks for you to be issued a European license plate. military.D. All vehicles must be picked up no later than 45 days from the date of receipt of notification that your vehicle has arrived. Children 9 months to 4 years old and 20 . Vehicles with either expired “conduces. at 956-81-1044. hoses.S. the installation of dark plastic coating or other material on front windshield and/or front side passenger windows to simulate smoked/colored glass is prohibited in Spain. Window tinting of rear windshield and rear side windows is permissible only when approved plastic coats are used and installed by professionals. Vehicle inspections are conducted at the NEX Autoport by appointment. By agreement with the Spanish government.12 years old and 33 80 pounds must use a booster seat and cushion. The third brake light is authorized in Spain only if it is factory installed.” no registration document. with a current stateside registration and license plates are issued a 45-day import permit (referred to as a “conduce”) by Spanish Customs. owners of vehicles in this situation will be officially warned by the NEX ITV safety inspectors that their vehicle does not meet Spanish safety criteria and the inspector will recommend they have the plastic coating removed. vehicle pick-up procedure driver’s licenses 16 . If you are moving from another overseas installation and no longer possess your license plate you must request a new plate. air and gas filters. it is important that you contact the Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) off base. to check the shipment of your vehicle. Booster Seats: Children up to 18 months and 28 pounds or less must use a rear-facing seat. in order to ship it here. Please contact your motor vehicle facility in the state of your vehicle registration to obtain a license plate prior to arriving in Spain.Naval Station Rota. Children 3 . to comply with Spanish motor vehicle regulations. DoD civilian employees and their family members assigned to Spain on PCS orders must be in possession of a Spanish driver’s license to either operate or register a vehicle in Spain. Spain l Welcome Aboard other than the manufacturer is prohibited. It is prohibited to travel with a 12-year-old child in the front seat of vehicles unless they are taller than 53 inches. The importation of a vehicle with body or motor structure modifications by Vehicle modifications Per Spanish regulations. aftermarket lights are prohibited. oil.40 pounds must use a forward-facing seat. Vehicle inspections. The Navy Exchange garage offers auto repair service but carries a limited selection of ignition parts. not the dealer plate. Spanish translations are available through the Security Department’s Pass and I. Avenida de la Libertad 32 in Rota. Personnel driving their POV to Spain in the execution of their PCS transfer from another European country must report to the Security Department Vehicle Registration Section with their vehicle within 48 hours of their arrival to the Naval Station for processing of Spanish registration. tires. section. expired or invalid registrations or expired plates will not be released to their owners. When you arrive in Spain. Spanish traffic laws require installation of seat belts on all vehicle seats. Your vehicle must have a license plate. nor operated until Spanish registration is obtained. mufflers. which will legalize the operation of the vehicle in Spain while a Spanish registration is processed. batteries. As a result. the vehicle will not be released to personnel without a Spanish translation of a valid stateside driver’s license or an International Driver’s License. shock absorbers.

Per Spanish law. military driver’s license or any type of temporary license is not acceptable to apply for a Spanish driver’s license. Note: If assigned to NATO units. you must be 18 years of age or older.com. They must be shipped separately as a POV. tional insurance agencies. Security Department personnel administer this test during the week that you and your family members attend the Intercultural Relations (ICR) class. and possess a valid stateside driver’s license.D. so make sure that your stateside driver’s license has been endorsed for motorcycle operations for two or more years. It takes approximately two weeks to get the Spanish license once the paperwork is submitted to Security. companies in Spain after your arrival. age of driver. you will obtain a Spanish driver’s license valid to operate motorcycles with no more than 50cc. the vehicle registration section will not accept any other document as proof of insurance for vehicle registration or re-registration purposes. It could cost between $400 and $1. are not eligible for a Spanish driver’s license and cannot drive. depending on the type of vehicle. Any small motorbike or scooter exceeding 50ccengine displacement is considered to be a POV.500 for full coverage.S. Possession of this type of vehicle. for off-road use only. driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement was issued less than two years ago.S. The same regulations regarding importation. contact your NSE for specific details on your motorcycle importation. contact your agent before you move to Spain and request a green card. Prior to applying for a Spanish driver’s license. you and your family members may drive legally in Spain by obtaining an official Spanish translation of your stateside driver’s license from the Security Department Pass and I.000 per accident. You can also buy POV insurance from legally established Spanish or U. Therefore. applicants must satisfactorily pass a written test on Spanish traffic laws and signs. motorcycles cannot be shipped as or with household goods. liability minimum of €450. prior to your transfer. Family members in possession of a valid driver’s license. at no cost to you. motorcycles automobile insurance Vehicle owners must have a third-party liability insurance policy with the following coverage to either operate or register a vehicle: bodily injury. 3262. Section in Bldg. A motorcycle is considered your POV. Motocross motorcycles are not considered POVs (if they remain off-road). personnel holding POV insurance acquired in or outside of Spain must have an International Certificate of Vehicle Insurance (green card). The international driver permit. etc. In the meantime. They will email you the forms once you have established the policy with the required coverage. Green cards are readily available from most interna- 17 . They can be imported to Spain with your household goods. will not count against the vehicle limitation. or have written evidence that you have had a motorcycle license for more than two years. All motorcycle riders must complete a Motorcycle Safety Foundation-approved basic rider safety course prior to riding on-base. You will not be allowed to import another vehicle unless you and your spouse are both active duty military or DoD civilian component on PCS orders to Rota.000 for third party liability and as much as $2. but not yet 18 years of age. The green card is the only acceptable proof of compliance with Spanish compulsory insurance requirements. If you wish to retain your current insurance.000 per accident and property damage minimum of €150. Spain requires proof of two years minimum of motorcycle driving experience prior to issuing a full motorcycle license.Naval Station Rota. Courses are usually held monthly and must be scheduled using the Enterprise Safety Applications Management System (ESAMS) or at http://navymotorcyclerider. Spain l Welcome Aboard To obtain a Spanish driver’s license. registration and operation of POVs applies to motorcycles. If your U. To prove compliance with Spanish compulsory insurance laws.

S. clearing customs. Ensure all luggage has identification tags (but do not use rate/ rank or any other military markers). there are no provisions. bring extra diapers and toys to keep them occupied.all become arduous when crunched into a couple days.9R states the Patriot Express should be utilized to the the flight 18 . Check with your insurer for details. motorcycle ITV inspections. Spain l Welcome Aboard Motorcycles with U. known as ITV.gas station). drink plenty of water during the flight and avoid alcohol.Naval Station Rota. customs clearances or registration procedures under Spanish law permitting importation of mopeds (50cc or less engine displacement) to Spain. mopeds Regardless of current DoD regulations concerning shipping of mopeds. Mopeds bought in Spain that were taken to the States may be brought back. Spanish motorcycles or with European specs must pass the periodic ITV off base. provided you have the original Spanish Certificate of Registration (Certificado de Ciclomotor). from any Royal Automobile Club Office in Spain or from the Spanish Traffic Bureau in Cadiz. tracking luggage . Once the service member completes his/her passenger reservation request through their local PSD office. specs are authorized to pass the ITV on base (NEX . which dehydrates you. To help avoid jet lag. This inspection is mandatory if a moped is to be used on or off base.S. Good preparation will make the flight easier. mally valid for one year. Call the vehicle registration section of Security Department at 727-2318 for schedules. Mopeds must pass an annual or bi-annual safety inspection (depending on age of the vehicle). Defense Transportation Regulation (DTR) 4500. moped ITVs are conducted off base only. Making connections. If you are in possession of a Spanish driver’s license. driving in europe The majority of incoming personnel will take Patriot Express (CAT-B) flights for permanent change of station and temporarily additional duty personnel from the continental United States to the various bases around the world. Spanish manufactured mopeds may be purchased upon arrival in Spain from any authorized distributor off base. in a Spanish ITV station. If traveling with infants or young children. Driving outside the EU will require an International Driving Permit. the request is sent to the Navy Passenger Travel Office where the mode of travel will be determined. Bring a sweater or something warm to wear during the flight. you will be able to drive in all countries that are members of the European Union (EU). While the ITV location at the Navy Exchange gas station can conduct auto and U. since planes often get cold during long trips. It may be obtained from the American Automobile Association (AAA) in the States. nor- Traveling to Rota Get ready and rest up for a long flight overseas. Mandatory insurance for mopeds often costs more than car insurance.

Limited pet friendly rooms are available. desk. free in-room coffee service. dresser and private bath. the facility consists of 48 non-smoking rooms equipped with the following: two queen beds. refrigerator. Gateway Inns and Suites or approved commercial facilities. free Wi-Fi. They are conveniently located on base. NAVSTA Rota. shared bath. Djibouti. In most cases. Eighty-six suites featuring a living area furnished with a sofa. You will need your orders. in-room safe. Also available are 166 single rooms featuring one twin bed. free laundry. Check in at Security: All sponsors and dependents 19 . Temporary accommodations are available at the Navy Lodge. During your check-in procedures at PSD. microwave and private bath. To make reservations. These accommodations are subject to availability. contact the Naval Station quarterdeck for assistance. Unaccompanied personnel ranks E-5 and above. records and passports. color television. towels or shower curtains. color television. families are required to obtain temporary accommodations upon arrival. you may call our 24-hour front desk at 727-1871. microwave. lounge chair. telephone. such as a lodging receipt (every 10 days for TLA claims). Urinalysis: All new PCS arrivals assigned to shorebased commands in Rota have 72 hours to check in with the chief master-at-arms office and the urinalysis program coordinator. dresser. air conditioning. Be advised that these homes are furnished but do not have items such as linens. The Navy Lodge will provide a statement of non-availability to stay in a hotel on the economy if they have no rooms available. free daily Stars and Stripes and local newspapers. Rota’s Housing Service Center has a limited number of units reserved for temporary lodging for families. color television. cards required to get on/off base) and PSD. The regulation goes on to state the only exception will be non-availability of AMC scheduled airlift to meet a member’s requirements. free laundry. refrigerator. is available at the Housing Service Center. iron and ironing board. free in-room coffee service. TLA and OHA are not automatically credited to your pay (LES) and must be claimed separately by the sponsor. Spain l Welcome Aboard maximum extent possible. desk. along with the agreed upon TLA rate.net/ or call 1-877-NAVY-BED. telephone. or if you encounter travel difficulties in Madrid. A list of approved community TLA facilities.Naval Station Rota. Generally. dresser.DoDlodging. Daily housekeeping service is provided for all rooms. For further information. If space is not available. Your sponsor can make arrangements with the Housing Service Center to have the keys in hand when you arrive. navy gateway inns and suites The facility consists of 355 available non-smoking rooms equipped with 24-hour front desk service. COLA. DLA and Travel Pay/Per Diem). Managed by the Navy Exchange. Also available are 96 single rooms featuring one twin bed. free laundry. color television. These accommodations are subject to availability. navy lodge Temporary housing temporary lodging allowance Personnel with accompanying command-sponsored family members may be eligible for 30 days of incoming TLA. refrigerator. iron and ironing board. desk. your second choice will be the Navy Lodge. stove. If you arrive at Jerez and your sponsor is not there. kitchenette. Naval Support Activity Bahrain and Camp Lemonnier. If space is not available.. microwave. For official or space-a lodging reserva- check-in aboard naval station rota Your first two stops when arriving on base should be with Security’s Pass and I. lounge chair. refrigerator. free lobby coffee service. TLA. coffee table. you will be required to provide supporting documents. the commercial number is 011-34956-82-2222. such as pet space limitations. lounge chair. Entitlements such as MIHA. PSD’s customer service number is 727-3023. dresser and private bath. iron and ironing board. in-room safe. Families are required to stay at the Navy Lodge. The commercial number is 956-82-2222. please call 1-800-NAVYINN or DSN 727-6243. Stops along the Patriot Express route are NAVSTA Norfolk. free in-room coffee service. and occupancy is permitted beyond the 30 days. the bedroom features one queen bed. free Wi-Fi. Information about other PSD services will be provided during ICR. tions log on to http://www. make sure that you ask the personnel specialist about your pay and travel entitlement (OHA.D. The Navy Lodge offers two handicapped rooms. are required to stay at the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites. a statement of nonavailability must be obtained from the Navy Lodge before making arrangements for accommodations in a community TLA facility. Should you or your family need to call Naval Station Rota from the U. Naval Air Station Sigonella. Please check for availability when making reservations.D.S. MIHA. The Navy Gateway Inns and Suites offers two handicapped rooms. These units are ideal for families with pets. in-room safe. color television. microwave. section (to receive the Spanish I.

D. Current permanent stateside driver’s license for translation into Spanish. Both.D. card must be shown to Spanish sentries when entering/exiting the base and when entering the Navy Exchange/Commissary and other U. This number is assigned to all requestors by Spanish National Police. with the following documents: . so that you can operate a vehicle until your regular Spanish license is processed. NIE Click on each floor plan to view a high resolution image of the layout. For NIE requests. you will need: 1. No fee passports for all dependents and civilian employees. 3262.Military/dependent I. registering a Spanish second-hand vehicle.D.Spanish I. card and military/dependent I. card.D.D. Spanish bank accounts. 20 .) card. .D. receive upon arrival in Spain) 3. Military/dependent I. proceed to the Security Department.10 working days. Bldg. Location: Building 3262 Telephone: 727-1605/1610/1609 A NIE (foreigner identification number) is required for many different reasons such as: renting a house. 2. For initial check-in with Security. Sponsors and dependents 10 years of age and older will be issued Spanish TEI (Spanish I. card. cards and command check-in sheet (page 13 from PSD for dependents.Passport. . Forces facilities where items exempt from Spanish duties and taxes are sold. You may pick up your passports two weeks later with the Spanish validation stamp on it.S. utilities hook up. The process takes from 7 . Spain l Welcome Aboard must check-in with Security.Naval Station Rota. Passports will be held by Security to be validated by Spanish immigration for the length of your tour in Spain (maximum three years). Spanish I. contracts for cell phones or Internet at home.

All on-base homes have central heat and air conditioning. HEAT allows the HSC to place the service member on the waiting list. Spain l Welcome Aboard housing applying for on-base family housing Applications may be submitted at the Housing Service Center (HSC) or prior to arrival using the Housing Early Application Tool (HEAT) application. personnel will receive a government-funded move from their off-base residence to family housing on base. HEAT does not give priority on the waiting list. On-base homes are limited due to several renovation projects. 21 . If personnel desire to reside in family housing and appropriate quarters are not available upon your arrival. dishwasher.mil/HEAT.navy. range. All the homes have undergone several renovation and improvement projects since being built in the early 1960s. refrigerator. command sponsorship. The Las Palmeras site contains 421 two. on-base family housing Click on each floor plan to view a high resolution image of the layout.Naval Station Rota. If an application is submitted within 30 days of arriving. the member’s effective date on the waiting list is the date of detachment from the last permanent duty station. which can be found at http://www. Applicants need to be confirmed upon arrival. detaching endorsement and a copy of the record of emergency data (page 2) and page 13. three and four bedroom homes for officers and enlisted personnel. All incoming officer and enlisted personnel on accompanied tours have the option to reside on-base in family housing or to secure a private lease on the economy. When a unit becomes available.cnic. Applications are available at the HSC and must be submitted with a copy of the PCS orders. you will be placed on a waiting list. The houses are single story Spanish-style duplex homes (connected at the carports) and singlestory detached homes.

Partial Full Tour Furnishings For all personnel residing off base. Within walking distance of the local beaches are apartments. Some areas other than Rota where housing can be found are El Puerto de Santa Maria. San Lucar and Chipiona. The Housing Service Center provides a showing service to help locate off-base housing. Naval Hospital. self-help store Housing’s Self-Help Store is located in the housing area. whether shore-based or sea-based. whether accompanied or not.Naval Station Rota. Off-base residents. Living in one of these communities might provide greater privacy and more space. there are no facilities aboard the Naval Station for storing excess furnishings. chalets with balconies and detached homes with fireplaces and courtyards. Military personnel in pay grades E-4 and below on unaccompanied orders. ft. hedge trimmers. In order to protect your interests at all times. They are equipped with a microwave. Galley and Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) facilities. separated by a shared bath and kitchen area. While the homes do provide some storage.Providing a list of approved houses/apartments. The electrical system aboard the Naval Station. Navy Exchange/Commissary. Check with your command upon arrival to determine eligibility to live off base. dryers and portable air conditioners. Verbal agreements are binding in Spain. must process through the Housing Service Center. garden tools and tillers. UH residents are housed in modules. Additionally. U. is 110-volts/60 cycle.Explaining the lease agreements.S.. Unaccompanied housing (UH) facilities are centrally located in the industrial area of NAVSTA Rota within easy walking distance to MWR. Telephone and Internet service is available. but please understand that the Housing Service Center has no control over any of the listings posted there. refrigerators. stackable washer and dryer and two-burner cook top. relator or landlord to hold a property for you. lawn mowers. each approximately 120 sq. including on-base housing. The HSC counselors will assist in locating residence on the economy by: .Providing daily “house-hunting” trips (be advised the HSC does not provide car seats). Many entities that post listings online are not legitimate. . No transformers are needed for these items. This includes dishwashers. Facebook can be a tool for familiarizing yourself with the area and types of homes available. and you can be held monetarily liable for any requests you make.All E-5 and above will reside off base. whether temporarily or permanently. can borrow transformers for small appliances such as a coffee maker. you are strongly recommended to avoid making any commitments on properties prior to your arrival. unaccompanied housing (UH) off-base housing All personnel who reside off base. and as part of our procedures. All appliances are 220 volts/60 hertz and compatible with the commercial electrical service off base. 22 . . it is limited. weed eaters. washers. Items offered for temporary loan to accompanied personnel residing on-base include: dehumidifier. . Spain l Welcome Aboard washer and dryer and fenced yards. fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for their entire tour. chest freezers. are required to live in UH upon arrival to Rota. Each module is comprised of two separate bedrooms. stoves. refrigerator.Negotiating rental contracts. the HSC will provide loaner appliances free for your entire tour. This can be something as simple as asking a property manager. . There are no storage facilities on base for excess personal items.

Bldg. Hosted by the Commander. The ICR course is normally held every two weeks during the year with the exception of July and August when the course is offered weekly. Postal Service. federal financial aid programs. Cuban cigars and hookah pipes. Taxi fees are pre-set or metered so be sure you understand the fare before departing. military personnel. and customs forms are considered signed official documents. then the course is Tuesday . 3230. Class begins at 8:30 a. the four-day ICR course provides newly reporting members and their families with information about the base and its surrounding areas. just as the U. Insured.m. 23 .S. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the field trip. SAT and ACT exams are offered to military personnel and proctoring services are available for all enrolled in distance learning programs. There is one U.m. contact the Navy College Office at nco. lighters.Friday. taxi. alcoholic beverages. This will require the mail intercultural relations (ICR) to be routed via the international mail system and will subject the package to international customs duty. weapons of any kind. civilians and their family members are able to pursue vocational certificates and associate.Naval Station Rota.mil. counselors have information on tuition assistance programs for active duty personnel. banks are accepted at the Navy Exchange and Commissary. NAVSTA Rota has a no-fee shuttle bus services provide by Public Works Department.S. as appropriate. Checks from U. All mail is screened via X-ray machines. Certified.S. Off station local commercial transport (bus. in addition. experience a market and enjoy a Spanish meal during the ICR field trip. U. The following are examples of a few items that cannot be mailed: hazardous matter. Navy Federal Credit Union is the only U. I. veterans education benefits and many scholarship programs. bachelor’s or master’s degrees. For specific information on eligibility and scheduling of exams. cardholders (military.S. train) is readily available outside the gates. Spouses are encouraged to attend. Military Post Office (MPO).S. Tickets for train travel can be purchased at the Puerto train station. The course is normally held on Monday .navy. The post office also provides a variety of special services (Express. Return Receipt. Counselors can assist in evaluating military service experience and training for college credit and can recommend college level testing programs. Delivery Confirmation and Money Orders). The bus does a round robin throughout the installation with stops at designated locations including family housing.rota@ eu.S. In addition. Spain l Welcome Aboard getting settled in spain Orientation to Rota and Spain is relatively easy through the help of the ICR course. and ends at 3:30 p. Average timeframe of 7-10 days for USPS Priority packages and First Class letters to arrive to and from the United States.Thursday except when Monday is an American holiday. controlled substances. located on base. Several times a year. Registered. MyCAA for military spouses. Do not use “Rota” or “Spain” on any incoming or outgoing mail. bank on base. the Praxis exam is administered to all eligible personnel seeking teacher certification. Navy College counselors are available to assist all clients in developing and executing their education plans through one of the on-base education providers or through one of the many colleges and universities offering online programs. the FFSC reimburses for child care for younger children. Spain and the Fleet and Family Service Center. Navy Federal has three ATMs on base. dollars only). The course also offers the opportunity to explore the town of Rota.D. perishable items. aerosols of any type. and you can cash personal or government checks at PSD’s cash cage (for U. Packages up to 70 pounds and 130 inches in length and girth combined can be sent through this MPO. banking and credit cards public transportation postal matters navy college office Through the Navy College Office. dependent and contract personnel) may ride the bus.S. Uniform of the day is required for military personnel on classroom days and appropriate civilian attire on the day of the field trip. All U. Naval Activities.

Hand carried transcripts will be accepted by the elementary and middle/high schools only until official transcripts are forwarded from the previous school. Credit is awarded for military training and coursework from most colleges as appropriate to the degree program. as well as certification programs in homeland security. School bus transportation is available for eligible students residing outside the walking area (Las Palmeras housing area) and within the school commuting zone off-base. and four graduate degree programs. teaching materials are cur- elementary school 24 . Costa Ballena. occupational health and safety. The teachers are highly skilled. Kindergartners must be 5 years old and 1st graders must be 6 years old by Sept. Spain l Welcome Aboard UMUC offers in Europe. Additionally. Records of the children on Individual Educational Programs (IEP) must be hand carried by the parents. early childhood programs and fire protection Services. Europe students also have the opportunity to enroll in UMUC stateside classes and degree programs. Five modes of learning are available to students: Face to Face. david glasgow farragut (DGF) elementary middle and high schools embry-riddle aeronautical university Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. located in the housing area on base. Rota. The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Europe offers students the opportunity to complete coursework in a variety of different degree programs.edu. EagleVision Classroom and Online Learning. central texas college On-base schools Central Texas College at NAVSTA Rota offers certification and associate degree programs in criminal justice. Blended. Please visit us on the web at http://www. Meal tickets can be purchased at the Navy Exchange Customer Service counter. eighteen bachelor degree programs. For proof of age you will need birth certificates for school entry in the first grade and kindergarten. and all undergraduate majors are acceptable for entrance into the program. DSST and Pearson Vue exams. supply chain management and other marketable and interesting fields. ERAU offers a Master of Aeronautical Science degree. UMUC Europe offers four certificate programs. university of Oklahoma The University of Oklahoma offers face-to-face course work with renowned.eu. eight associate degree programs.rota-es. Southern Chipiona and El Puerto de Santa Maria are included in the zone. Please check with the Housing Welcome Center or the school bus office for details. Associate or Bachelor of Science in Technical Management. http://www. 1. The Navy Exchange has a contractor-operated school meal program at the school cafeteria. goou. The local Rota UMUC office manages the National Testing Center and is equipped to offer CLEP. Ask the school that they now attend to send transcripts of your children’s schoolwork and their scores on standardized tests to DGF. Asia or Stateside. home campus faculty in a one-week intensive format leading to a Master of Human Relations (MHR). Las Flores housing area. which can be completed in 16-24 months. EagleVision Home. Bring all of your children’s other records that you have as they will suffice until official transcripts are received from the previous school.edu/ The purpose of DGF Elementary School is to provide the best possible education for your child. Students are also welcome to participate in the many online classes that university of maryland university college Education from kindergarten through 12th grade is provided for eligible family members at the David Glasgow Farragut (DGF) Elementary and Middle/High Schools. Credit is given for military training and other college coursework as appropriate to the degree program.dodea. The program has no entrance exam requirements as well as a non-thesis option. logistics. but not all residences have bus stops close by.Naval Station Rota.ou. Rota Campus offers service members the opportunity to work toward an Associate or Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics. Here in Rota we offer face-to-face classes several times throughout the academic year.

social studies. school nurse and a program for students with disabilities.rota-hs.For active duty: DoDDS form 803 from PSD Rota.Sponsor’s I. to register. English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. after identification and assessment by a multidisciplinary team. For more information on DGF Elementary. a nurse. 25 .D. Sure Start early education is also provided to families of 4-year-olds who qualify. including student council.edu/ DGF Middle/High School has a comprehensive program to students in grades seven through 12. . Prospective students must turn 4 by Sept. are determined to require early educational intervention. The spouse of a sponsor may also register a new student. Seventh and eighth grade students take a core group of subjects (English.Student’s school records from his or her last school. music and physical education is provided by credentialed specialists. Students need a current shot record.edu/. technical applications and physical education) and exploratory offerings each year.Immunizations DS form 122. registering new students Middle/High school Documents needed to register new students include: . . Learning Impaired (LI). For more information on DGF Middle/High School. a media specialist.E6. .rota-hs. The preschool program provides an individual educational program for exceptional preschool children who. math.eu. with competitions arranged with host nation and international schools in the area. visit the school’s website at http://www. . newspaper. In addition to grade level teachers. culture and traditions. . card.All kindergarten and first grade students will need their birth certificate or passport. Support Specialists for English Language Learners Math and Literacy Support.Full address of sponsor’s command.Emergency contact other than spouse (name and telephone number). A broad range of varsity athletic programs are offered. along with report card(s) and transcripts.eu.dodea. A host-nation teacher provides familiarity with the Spanish language. key boarding. . 1. listing family members that are command-sponsored.For DoD civilians: memorandum from Human Resources Office. a counselor and school psychologist are available. Spanish Club. Teachers are supported by one counselor. Extracurricular activity programs are offered. Instruction in art. http://www.A copy of sponsor’s orders for each student. Germany and Italy. eu.rota-es. . as well as other DoDDS schools in England.Naval Station Rota. a reading improvement specialist. certifying command-sponsored family members. Environmental Club. visit the school’s website at http:// www. Exploratory offerings can be replaced by a foreign language and/or music art at the request of the student and parent. Junior National Honor Society. drama. .D. SpeechLanguage Pathology (SLP). and others. Technology and Library are available. French Club. a birth certificate and an I. Athletic Club. Spain l Welcome Aboard rent and interesting and the staff is willing to serve and support the student population.dodea. yearbook.edu.DoDea. typically E4 .

es/educacion/ or pick it up at FFSC where assistance will be provided to complete the form. your child will be registered with the school that has a spot available. Visit the Human Resources Office to see current vacancies and obtain any necessary forms and other application information. already enrolled in that school. final dose given after 4th birthday. You may download the application from http://www. . Many of the jobs available on the base are filled through the HRO. . speech/language pathologist and early childhood Special Educator. Family members who have previously worked for the federal government and who may have ‘status’ or be ‘eligible for reinstatement’ should check with HRO. you will have to wait until the beginning of September to initiate the enrollment process as they take the summer off. The multidisciplinary team consists of a clinical child psychologist. . Families may opt to utilize various private and public Spanish schools. tenant commands and other U.Diphtheria. April civilian employment Off-base schools 26 . contact FFSC. properly signed and authorized by a medical officer or private physician is required. call 727-4029.S. If you live on base. . two doses required. Off-base residents will go to public school in the city in which they reside in. Tetanus and Pertussis: four to five doses required. Family members of military and civilian employees are generally those who are eligible for consideration for those jobs. you cannot choose. However. It is not as vital for younger children to be fluent in Spanish. so you do not have to pay any tuition. your income and family members. The age of your child makes a great difference in how he or she will adapt to the learning material and unfamiliar environment. there are three in El Puerto de Santa Maria. provides appropriated fund personnel services for the Naval Station. Mumps and Rubella: Two doses required.Varicella/Chicken Pox: If no evidence of immunity.Polio: three to four doses required. It is important for individuals to check other base employers.Hepatitis B: three doses required. where you live. Hib-HepB): two to four doses.Naval Station Rota. The Navy Exchange and the Morale. Like in the States. evaluations and treatments for children. is the enrollment month for infant education first cycle (0 . The Human Resources Office (HRO). For more information about registering your kids in Spanish schools. located in Bldg. Older children not already fluent in Spanish will often need a tutor to help them through their Spanish-taught curriculum. In general. If you choose a private school. For more information on EDIS services. physical therapist. School transportation is normally available from Rota to Jerez de la Frontera and El Puerto de Santa Maria. the location of your house determines what school in Rota or El Puerto de Santa Maria your child will be in. occupational therapist. these schools are paid for by the government. four in Jerez de la Frontera and none in Rota.Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib. Naval commands in Spain and Portugal. The process of enrolling students in the Spanish public or government subsidized school system is based on points. You must check the school bulletin board to see the official admission list. The Coastline. They will help you through the process. Spain l Welcome Aboard immunizations required for DoDDS . If you come during the school year.Hepatitis A: two doses required.juntadeandalucia. Bear in mind that when it comes to these types of schools. as they often pick it up faster and. opportunities do arise according to the needs of the various commands. ultimately learn both languages at the same time. final dose after the 4th birthday.3 years old). family support is vital for student success. Booster required for children ages 11 . Paperwork for enrollment must be submitted in March for primary school (6 years old and above) and infant education second cycle (4 .12. 1. Welfare and Recreation Department have separate non-appropriated fund (NAF) personnel offices and administer their own hiring programs. Applicants wishing to be considered for current job openings prior to arrival at Rota may submit an application/ résumé up to 30 days before the sponsor’s arrival. Most available jobs are clerical or sales related. opportunities for family member employment on the Naval Station are limited. The tuition fees for these schools are paid by the families. Current job listings are also posted in the base newspaper. . Since all courses are taught in Spanish.5 years old).Measles. . but you will be responsible for getting your kids to and from school (no buses). This certificate should be kept in your possession at all times as evidence of immunization. A certificate of vaccination from the World Health Organization. If you are coming to Rota during summer. The point system will determine the school your child will attend. It is important to go with someone who can speak Spanish. if any. Family members Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) EDIS is a multidisciplinary team offering diagnostic screenings.

traveling. Information and Referral: The FFSC provides information and referral on topics such as base services. The FFSC provides welcome aboard packages to personnel arriving in Rota. New Parent Support Program: The New Parent Support specialist provides home visitation services for expectant families and families with young children focusing on nurturing parenting. The website address http://www.1J. These include: Deployment Support Program: FFSC provides a variety of services for deploying individuals.com. quality of life programs fleet and family support center The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) is your link to information and quality of life enrichment.Naval Station Rota. Qualified teachers seeking positions should visit the schools upon arrival to Rota. A major component of TAMP is the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) seminar. parenting skills and assertive communication Sexual Assault Response Program: The Sexual Assault Response Program manages the base sexual assault prevention. Spain l Welcome Aboard should contact the personnel offices at these activities if interested in employment. Individuals and/or their businesses may not use the FPO to transmit items for resale. Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP): TAMP is mandated by DoD to assist service members in their transition from military to civilian life. Copies of college transcripts are required for substitute teaching. Information on military installations worldwide is available through the Military Installations/Plan My Move website. Financial counseling: FFSC has a full range of financial education programs. receive supplies or any other profit making purpose. intervention and support program. mid-deployment and post-deployment. Family Advocacy Program: Counselors provide case management. NavyExchange. Services are geared for everyone. individuals interested in establishing a home-based business aboard Naval Station Rota must apply for a home-based business license through the Region Legal Service Office (RLSO). Spouse Employment Assistance Program (SEAP): SEAP is designed to provide employment assistance to military and civilian family members. It offers skill-building programs and workshops to help participants with career planning. Professional Clinical Counseling/Crisis Intervention: FFSC has a staff of professional counselors who are credentialed to provide confidential clinical services. Counseling services are offered on basic budgeting. safety/risk assessment. Programs are organized into two categories: Counseling and Advocacy Services and Work/Family Life Services. marital and family counseling. Home-based business owners may not use the NAVSUP FLC shipping and receiving office as a means to transport products. The FFSC staff develop and provide life skills training and enhancement programs for issues such as anger management. The information is updated quarterly. Navy Exchange employment opportunities can be found at http://www. whether single or married.pre-deployment.1J. Other employers of family members are Navy Federal Credit Union and Navy College.jobs. Telephone extensions are 727-3232/3231. local maps.DoD. commands and their families . MWR Employment opportunities are also listed on the Naval Station Rota MWR website at http://www. The application must be submitted to RLSO prior to conducting any business aboard NAVSTA Rota or operating a business from government assigned quarters. which include individual. debt. Per COMNAVACTSPAININST 1740. militaryinstallations. 3230). 27 . sponsoring and more. business owners should utilize the Military Post Office (Bldg. Spanish labor laws and the Agreement on Defense Cooperation (ADC) make off-base employment infeasible. counseling. home-based businesses In accordance COMNAVACTSPAININST 1740. Also. which provides transitioning members with information about the services and benefits for which they might be eligible and for. individuals are prohibited from using the Fleet Post Office for any business or commercial purpose. treatment of child abuse and neglect and spouse/partner abuse.mil. Original transcripts are required for full-time teaching positions.rotamwr. volunteering. Off-base employment is not available for most Americans. checkbook or credit management and general savings and investment strategies. David Glasgow Farragut Schools hire substitute teachers and educational aides.

Call 727-1920. Sacramental preparation and reception is available with individual Chaplains. bodegas and flamenco dance shows.S.5. climbing.m. for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. games. bullfights. London. The Child Development Center provides for fulltime child care needs from 6:30 a. welfare and Recreation (MWR) lounge all supplement the provided club opportunities. 38. and on specific special event meal dates. AT&T cell phones. NOR offers various adventure trips such as canyon descending. basketball court. lockers. The galley serves a wide range of meals. Base policy does not allow the use of the base galley facility by dependents unless they are escorted by their active duty sponsor Monday . Prague. RCIA.000 meals a day to permanently assigned and transient active duty personnel plus their dependents. Call 727-1100. including sponsored dependents. More than 30 international trips are also offered to locations such as Paris. to 5:30 p. Trainers help develop fitness goals and provide periodic progress evaluations. Fleet Recreation arranges athletic competitions. Outside of the fitness center enjoy a 400-meter all-weather track with a multipurpose sports field within. For more information call 727-4721. Men’s group. big screen TV and lounge. Bible studies and more provide adult and youth religious education. snack bar with pizza. Spain l Welcome Aboard The Religious Ministries Department offers a comprehensive command religious program including divine services. Hourly care is space-available for all ages. big screen TV/DVD. Please contact the Chapel at 727-2161 for more information about these services. chapel galley services Naval Station Rota’s Gateway Galley. Children’s Church. trips and social events round out the activities.Friday. civilians and retirees on Saturday and Sunday. Dublin.Naval Station Rota.com/ Rota’s MWR programs are some of the finest in the Navy. Gravity Teen Center is a Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) and 4-H based after school program that provides seventh through 12th-graders a place to learn and hang out with their peers. ITT offers more than 100 tours each year to multiple historical destinations within Spain. counseling.m. Aquatics Center features an indoor 25-meter heated pool with hours exclusively for lap swimming. including special meals celebrating heritages across the world. youth activities. Call 727-2565. softball fields and tennis courts. Our choirs. Rome and many more. sauna and Jacuzzi. The Chapel also provides referrals for other faith groups. a cardiovascular room. Call 727-2129. http://www. foosball.rotamwr. The base galley is open to all authorized personnel. Services include free Internet access. Club Beyond (youth ministry). as well as logistical support for visiting ships. Weekly CCD. three racquetball courts. soda and beer. ping pong. Expeditions MWR Traveler houses both the Information. water aerobics swimming lessons and more.. The Fitness Center has workout options including: free weights. U. hiking. serving approximately 1.Friday. A wide variety of fitness classes and programs are offered. Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) and other activities provide volunteer service opportunities. computer lab and morale. dances. MWR offers a myriad of programs for the whole family and are available for personal assistance. pool table. community relations events. Child care is provided during most Chapel services for infants and preschool age children. new Nautilus equipment. Monday . Food. Tickets & Travel (ITT) and Navy Outdoor Recreation (NOR) where all your sightseeing. deep sea fishing and even skiing and snowboarding in the winter months. Internet access. free Laundromat. as well as trips to futbol matches. The NOR center also has an indoor rock climbing wall and outdoor equipment rental. Bible studies. Spanish immersion classes are available for children from ages 3 . A variety of sports and exercise equipment is available for check out. Christian education and fellowship events. recreational activities. Video games. social and special events. 28 . travel and outdoor pursuits can be met. horseback riding. is an accredited 5-star dining facility. pool and foosball tables and more. Nintendo and Playstation games. located in Bldg.

Navy Outdoor Recreation provides opportunities to actively participate in outdoor adventure pursuits. Call 727-2112. Call 727-4882. rather than duplicates the school. Call 727-2260. Call 727-2527. first-serve Internet access. while emphasizing skills development. cultural programs. Practice your game on the driving and chipping range and the putting green. sports. Rota is home to the only operational Drive-In in the Navy. Call 727-3101. Activities include arts and crafts. gift shop and a sit-down restaurant. including softball. summer reading program. trips. golf. School Age Care (SAC) provides before and after school care for children kindergarten through sixth grade that complements. MWR’s Bowling Center. The pro shop assists with golf lessons. offers 12 modern lanes. leagues. plus first-come. pool tables. Additionally. Call 727-1995. bike rentals and more. running. Call 727-2839. Day care is also available during school vacations. Pinz. The Housing Pool is an outdoor facility open from Memorial Day through Labor Day for recreational swimming and water slides. children’s story hour. SAC utilizes Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) and 4-H as curriculum guidelines. Call 727-2328. basketball. The Gateway Auditorium (indoor theater) offers current movie releases in digital surround sound. parties and more. science and more. DVDs and CDs. rental clubs and equipment sales.500 yards in length. with a pro shop and ball and shoe rentals. environmental awareness and personal empowerment through adventure. professional ball cleaning. flag football. Includes Internet-enabled computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access and mini-theater with Bose surround sound. Drive-in movies are heard in FM stereo. along with self-esteem. tournaments. darts. Also available are free lessons. Sports programs offer a wide variety of team and individual sports. La Plaza offers food and beverages with televisions. magazines and newspapers. soccer. Call 727-2418. Patio dining and children’s playground are available. field trips. cycling and more. day camps. Youth Sports: Organized team activities to improve athletic and motor skills. The Library offers thousands of books. Team 29 . volleyball. triathlons. Liberty is the single Sailor’s source for leisure activities. It is located in the housing area. recreational games and more. Spain l Welcome Aboard Golf: The 18-hole golf course is 6. Call 727-3213. Available gear includes: backpacking/camping equipment. and covers more than 200 acres. bowling. Call 727-1916. Pizza Villa is an American-style pizza and Italian specialties restaurant for dine in or delivery.Naval Station Rota.

a Budget for Baby class with a baby layette provided to attendees. Shopping https://www. In addition to the financial assistance. Call 727-4781. every day but Sunday. electronics. deli meat and cheese trays and self service fruit and vegetable salad bar are available. a thrift shop which sells secondhand clothing and household goods.000 grocery and miscellaneous items and has a full-service deli/ bakery. Find one. uniforms. There are several other supermarkets in town as well as stores of all types. eligible civilians and family members verification of illness or death of loved ones. It is located in the air terminal. Minimal costs are involved. The American Red Cross provides emergency services 24 hours a day.” are plentiful and provide a rich selection of local and international food items. Call 727-2151. First month’s rent and deposit is a common request for newcomers to Rota as personnel must have the money available before they can sign their lease. Call 727-2580.com/stores/html/store. DVDs and CDs. 522. If you find you have a financial need when you arrive. Financial assistance is also provided for travel in emergency situations for active duty military and their family members. most music formats. first aid and baby-sitting are available. Spain l Welcome Aboard sports are offered year-round and include baseball. call 727-2333. cfm?dodaac=hqce5u&page=home Rota’s commissary. The frequency is stereo FM 102.10 p. furniture. In addition a NMCRS visiting nurse. the main supermercados are Mercadona. These in-town stores also carry many European products not found in American supermarkets.commissaries. American Red Cross Rota The American Red Cross provides active duty military. books and magazines.m. sporting events and talk shows.com/storefinder/ nx_display_facility. The air terminal KFC/Taco Bell is open seven days a week from 11 a. however. and perhaps a sample of the day’s melon or ham (‘jamon’). flag football and basketball. Classes in CPR. These are the places to find fresh fruit and vegetables. Additionally.10 p. local DJ shows. The Runway Cafe is the only dining facility open 24 hours daily. contract vendors in the NEX complex include a floral shop. in addition to its grocery section. in 2007.m. Champions and Supersol. Subway sandwich shop and Cafe Andalucia. sporting goods. coordinated through the hospital. Carrefour. is also available to assist with home visits and education and training for our community. Call 7273138. Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream is located near the Rota gate. please stop by the NMCRS office or call 7271614 for assistance. soccer. Individual sports clinics are offered during summer and winter break. Located in Bldg. Special features may include a full aisle of various olive oils and wine selections. off-base supermarkets. Panini sandwiches. offers nearly 10. NMCRS has a variety of other programs including: budget counseling to help families make ends meet. Call 727-2391 for more information. They also control the base information channel. Verification is required to obtain emergency travel orders through the military. patronize it and you’re sure to make a friend or two.mynavyexchange. they accept coupons up to six months past the expiration date as well as the new Rewards Card coupon program. Rotisserie chicken. barber shop and beauty salon. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society The Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) provides financial assistance to active and retired personnel and their family members in times of emergency. not to mention friendly conversation. In the Rota area. photo studio.html?p_facility_no=716 Rota’s main Navy Exchange complex. The Navy Exchange carries clothing for the entire family. shoes. General broadcast radio operates 24 hours a day and features Naval Station information. optometrist. which opened Navy Exchange Though the commissary stocks most everything needed. is centrally located on the base.5. .Naval Station Rota. The El Paseo mall in nearby El Puerto de Santa Maria has a Carrefour with products similar to a Walmart or Target. news. Some of the freshest produce and fish can be found there and their hours are typically from 10 a. Most neighborhoods also have a “mom-and-pop” grocer. . American forces network radio and television AFN Rota provides radio and television programming from the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Shopping Off Base 30 . it is easy to accomplish. and a grocery coupon program to help the community save money. commissary http://www. several hot foods. giftware.m. Shopping at supermercados means you need to learn how to read product labels in Spanish. As with all overseas commissaries. or “supermercados.m. jewelry and housewares. as well as an active volunteer program.

Naval Station Rota. Spain l Welcome Aboard Welcome Aboard Created and produced by the Naval Station Rota.navy. Spain Public Affairs Office Email: coastline@eu.mil Phone: DSN 314-727-3786 .

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