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Duty in Florida:

Destination Panama City Beach

Just two hours southeast of Pensacola is another hidden jewel of the Gulf Coast of Florida: Panama City Beach.


Known for its miles of sandy white beaches and warm gulf waters, Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSA PC) could be your next duty station.
Established in 1945, when the U.S. Naval Mine Warfare Test Station was transferred from Maryland to their current 373-acre tract along the pristine saltwater estuary St. Andrew Bay.

NSA PC has grown significantly over 70 years and now hosts many diverse tenant commands such as Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Navy Experimental Diving Unit and is the home to the military diving community's Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center houses the Mine Warfare and the Dragon Masters Aviation Unit which is primarily a research, development, test and evaluation unit. Select Sailors comprise the only military aerial search and rescue crew between Mobile, Alabama and Tampa, Florida.

"I really like working here," said Petty Officer 1st Class Harrison Greenmaki, a search and rescue swimmer with the "Dragon Masters" of Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD).

You work hard and then again you get to play hard too. On your time off, you relax, you go to the beach, and you go out. We work 12 to 14 hours days sometimes and then we go out and relax and we still have fun outside the work environment." -PO1 Harrison Greenmaki


Along with the NSWC, NSA PC offers a 5-star accredited Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center that offers high quality fitness, community recreation and recreational lodging just minutes from the beach.
Three photo collage of Sailor jumping from a helicopter, Navy divers underwater, and Sailor jumping from helicopter.


"Throughout the year MWR puts on numerous programs and events such as outdoor movie nights, fun runs, single Sailor activities, outdoor adventure programs, and much more," said Brian Connors, Fleet Readiness Director.

These immensely popular free events offer families safe, fun-filled activities that promote camaraderie and a sense of community." - Brian Connors


So no matter your taste, Panama City Beach can offer you and your family an abundance of activities. Whether it's letting loose at the local water park; watching the wildlife at one of two nearby preserves; combing the beach for seashells; diving in with the fish and sharks or improving your handicap on the local golf green. Panama City Beach offers more than the quintessential white beaches and warm gulf waters.
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Panama City, Florida: Home of Navy Divers
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center

Types of diving courses for U.S. Navy fleet divers:

Scuba Diver Course: designed to provide qualified non-diving personnel with the basic instruction and training in SCUBA diving techniques, inspection, search, and underwater procedures to safely and effectively perform as a dive team member
and SCUBA diver,

2nd Class: qualifies personnel to safely and effectively perform as a diver and dive team member per approved technical manuals and the U.S. Navy Diving Manual

1st Class: designed to provide qualified 2nd Class Divers with the advanced instruction and training in surface supplied air, mixed gas, SCUBA diving techniques, inspection, search, salvage and underwater procedures to safely and effectively perform as a dive team member/first class diver

Master Diver: designed to evaluate qualified First Class Divers, E-7 or above, to determine the candidates ability to successfully perform as Diving supervisors in all facets of Navy Diving