Beaufort, South Carolina's three military bases play vital, unique and efficient roles in our nation’s defense. From training new Marines at Parris Island since 1915 to training new F-35 fighter pilots at Marine Corps Air Station-Beaufort, our facilities are key to a safe future for America.
What else does the military do for our community?
…Our military, their spouses and their families donate thousands of volunteer hours and are woven into the fabric of our Lowcountry life.
…Marine Corps Air Station-Beaufort is the training center for all Marine pilots flying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – and we’ll also be home to three operational squadrons to defend America.
…The salaries paid to military and civilian employees at the three bases and Laurel Bay DoD schools ripple through the economy, helping to keep open your favorite restaurants, shops and services.
What makes Beaufort's Tri-Command Unique and Efficient?
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Currently serves six squadrons of F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters which rotate in support of training deployments which provide security and a forward presence in areas of operations around the world.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
• The heart of Marine Corps tradition since 1915, this isolated island provides unique and unparalleled training opportunities for recruits
• Parris Island sits on 3,250 acres surrounded by 5,000 acres of saltwater marsh and rivers, protecting it from encroachment and residential development
• With small investment, Parris Island can double its recruit output. In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, PI graduated 51,169 recruits compared to approximately 17,000 in 2011
Naval Hospital Beaufort
This facility in Port Royal, SC, on the banks of the historic Beaufort River, provides medical and dental support to PI recruits, Marines at the Air Station, dependents and retirees. It is located just minutes from both MCRD Parris Island and MCAS Beaufort.
This 361,000 square-foot facility provides advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment. Additional services are provided in partnership with Beaufort Memorial Hospital.