United States Coast Guard Cutter BEAR (WMEC 901) is homeported at U.S. Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, VA.
The Tidewater area is rich with family living that boasts a very active military community. The Tidewater area is comprised of Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton Roads, and Virginia Beach. When traveling around the Tidewater Area you will experience a myriad of communities ranging from the classic colonial to the ultra modern.
If you would like more information about the ship, feel free to contact us at (757) 483-8700. For those individuals who are newly assigned to the BEAR, you will receive a Welcome Aboard package, and a message stating who your sponser is and some other important phone numbers.
Personnel will report to the quarterdeck and ask for the Officer of the Day (OOD) NLT 2400 on the assigned day. Uniform for reporting is Tropical Blue (with combination cover). If BEAR is underway and you are unable to reach your sponsor, you should contact the Base Portsmouth Admin and Customer Service Center (CSC) at (757) 686-4002 regarding your reporting date and intentions.
Driving / Flying into Norfolk, Virginia - There are numerous methods of transportation from the airport. The most convenient being the airport limo service. For $ 25.00 to $30.00 they will bring you to Base Portsmouth. There is usually a member of the U.S. Armed Forces on duty in the Airport Information booth to assist you. They have information about all military installations in the Hampton Roads area.