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Vessels of the French Navy at Port des Galets naval base in Réunion

A military base is where a country keeps its armed forces. It could be an air base, an army base, or a navy base. It could be inside its home country, in a different, friendly country, or in a country being invaded or occupied.


The name used generally refers to the type of military that uses the base.

A military base may go different names, such as the following:

  • Armory
  • Arsenal
  • Barracks
  • Casern
  • Combat outpost (COP)
  • DoDAAC
  • Facility
  • Fire support base (FSB, FB)
  • Forward Operating Base (FOB)
  • Fortification
  • Garrison
  • Installation
  • Joint base
  • Magazine
  • Main Operating Base (MOB)
  • Marine Corps base
  • Military airbase, airfield or field
  • Military camp
  • Naval air station
  • Naval base
  • Naval dockyard
  • Outpost (OP)
  • Presidio
  • Proving ground
  • Reservation
  • Shipyard or yard
  • Station

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