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Overseas Military Bases by Country 2024

The United States has more overseas military bases than any other country in the world. In 2023, the US had 750 military bases in 80 countries.

The United States has so many bases partly because it became a global peacekeeper after World War II. The Korean War, the Cold War, and the threat of the spread of Communism resulted in the creation of even more bases. The War on Terrorism has led to the creation of many bases in the Middle East.

The US still has more than 30 bases in Okinawa, Japan, alone. It also has several bases in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific. One of the largest bases is Ramstein AB in Germany, which has more than 9,000 troops.

The Russian Federation also has many military bases abroad, including several in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Many are in former Soviet-bloc countries.

The United Kingdom has about 145 military installations in other countries. Many of these bases are in nations that are still British territories, such as the Falklands, the British Indian Ocean Territory, and Gibraltar. It also has several bases in countries that are tax havens, such as the Cayman Islands. The United Kingdom also has 17 bases in Cyprus, 16 in Oman, and 15 in Saudi Arabia. Finally, its military presence is significant in Africa.

Turkey also has a substantial number of bases in foreign countries and more in Iraq than any other country. Turkey also has 30,000 to 40,000 troops in Northern Cyprus, which is the most of any foreign location. Other bases are throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Europe.

France has many bases abroad, especially in the French-speaking nations of Africa. These bases come out of the French colonial tradition on that continent. France has recently begun a campaign to reduce the number of troops in Francophone Africa.

- Data pertains to US military bases in non-US territories and countries.
- Diego Garcia is a disputed overseas territory of the United Kingdom also claimed by Mauritius.

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Country
Military Bases
Dates Operational
Locations
Japan231. January 1956 - Present | 2. 1912 - Present | 3. 1953 - Present | 4. 1958 - Present | 5. 1965 - Present | 6. 1950 - Present | 7. 1977 - Present | 8. 1912 - Present | 9. 1955 - Present | 10.1959 - Present | 11. December 2007 - Present | 12. 1951 - Present | 13. 1946 - Present | 14. 1944 - Present | 15. Present | 16. 1945- Present | 17. 1945- Present | 18. 1962 - Present | 19. 1945- Present | 20. 1938 - Present | 21. July 11, 2011 - Present | 22. March 1940 - Present | 23. 1944 - Present |1. Camp Courtney 2. Camp Foster 3. Camp Fuji 4. Camp Gonsalves 5. Camp Hansen 6. Camp Kinser 7. Camp Lester 8. Camp McTureous 9. Camp S.D. Butler 10. Camp Schwab 11. Camp Zama 12. Fleet Activities Okinawa 13. Fleet Activities Sasebo 14. Fleet Activities Yokosuka 15. Fort Buckner 16. Kadena Air Base 17. MCAS Futenma 18. MCAS Iwakuni 19. Misawa Air Base 20. Naval Air Facility Atsugi 21. Torii Station 22. Yokota Air Base 23. Yontan Airfield
Germany181. 1951 - Present | 2. June 1982 - Present | 3. 1938- Present | 4. 1947 - Present | 5. 1 June 1953 - Present | 6. 1952 - Present | 7. 1936 - Present | 8. 1945 - Present | 9. 1937 - Present | 10. 1936 - Present | 11. 1946 - Present | 12. 1908 - Present | 14. 1937- Present | 15. 1938 - Present | 16. 2013 - Present | 17.1948 - Present | 18.1929 - Present1. Landstuhl Medical Center - Landstuhl Hospital | 2. NATO Base Geilenkirchen | 3. Panzer Kaserne | 4. Patrick Henry Village | 5. Ramstein AB | 6.. Spangdahlem Air Base | 7. USAG Ansbach | 8. USAG Bamberg | 9.. USAG Baumholder | 10. USAG Darmstadt | 11. USAG Garmisch | 12. USAG Grafenwoehr | 14. USAG Hessen | 15. USAG Hohenfels | 16. USAG Kaiserslautern | 17. USAG Stuttgart | 18. USAG Wiesbaden
South Korea151. 1966 - Present | 2. 1952 - Present | 3. November 1951 - Present | 4. 1989 - Present | 5. 1951 - Present | 6. 1950 - Present | 7. 1953 - Present | 8. 1950 - Present | 9. 1955 - Present | 10. 1972 - Present | 11. 1951 - Present | 12. 1938 - Present | 13. November 1951 - Present | 14. 2003 - Present | 15. 1948 - Present |1. Camp Carroll | 2. Camp Casey | 3. Camp Castle | 4. Camp Eagle | 5. Camp Hovey | 6. Camp Humphreys | 7. Camp Market | 8. Camp Red Cloud | 9. Camp Stanley | 10. Fleet Activities Chinhae | 11. K-16 Air Base | 12. Kunsan Air Base | 13. Osan Air Base | 14. USAG Daegu | 15. USAG Yongsan |
Iraq82003 - Present (all bases) 1. Camp Victory Army Base | 2. al-Taji Military Base | 3. Habbaniyah Air Base | 4. Ain al-Asad Air Base | 5. Balad Air Base | 6. Qayyara Military Base | 7. K1 Military Base | 8. Harir Air Base
Kuwait81. May 1998 - Present 2. July 1999 - Present 3. January 2003 - Present 4. 1991 - Present 5. 1991 - Present 6. 2005 - Present 7. 1968 - Present 8. Present1. Ali Al Salem Airbase 2. Camp Arifjan 3. Camp Buehring 4. Camp Doha 5. Camp New York 6. Camp Patriot 7. Camp Spearhead 8. Camp Virginia
Italy71. 1911 - Present | 2. 1952 - Present | 3. 1951 - Present | 4. 1959 - Present | 5. 1967 - Present | 6. 1973 - Present | 7. 1951 - Present1. Aviano AB 2. Camp Darby 3. Caserma Ederle 4. NAS Sigonella 5. NSA Gaeta 6. NSA La Maddalena 7. NSA Naples
United Kingdom61. 1938 - Present | 2. 1938 - Present | 3. 1944 - Present | 4. 1943 - Present | 5. 1959 - Present | 6. 1934 - Present1. RAF Alconbury | 2. RAF Croughton | 3. RAF Fairford | 4. RAF Lakenheath | 5. RAF Menwith Hill | 6. RAF Mildenhall
Saudi Arabia51. 1983 - Present | 2. 1961 - Present | 3. 1999 - Present | 4. 1960 - Present | 5. 1946 - Present1. Eskan Village Air Base | 2. King Abdul Aziz Air Base | 3. King Fahd Air Base | 4. King Khalid Air Base | 5. Riyadh Air Base
Bulgaria42006 - Present1. Aitos Logistics Center | 2. Bezmer Air Base | 3. Graf Ignatievo Air Base | 4. Novo Selo Range
Romania31. 1955 - Present | 2. 1952 - Present | 3. 1987 - Present1. Mihail Kogălniceanu | 2. Deveselu | 3. Câmpia Turzii
United Arab Emirates31. 1983 - Present | 2. 1979 - Present | 3. 1980 - Present1. Al Dhafra Air Base | 2. Port of Jebel Ali | 3. Fujairah Naval Base
Turkey21. 1955 - Present | 2. 1955 - Present1. Incirlik Air Base | 2. Izmir Air Base
Spain21. 1953 - Present | 2. 1953 - Present1. Naval Station Rota | 2. Morón Air Base
Australia21. 1966-Present | 2. 1967-Present1. Pine Gap - surveillance base | 2. Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt
Oman21. 1952 - Present | 2. 2005 - Present1. RAFO Thumrait | 2. Al-Musannah Air Base
Kenya1Present(CSL) Manda Bay
Peru11983 - PresentNaval Medical Research Unit Six
Netherlands11967 - PresentUSAG Schinnen
Belgium11. August 1967 - PresentUSAG Benelux - Brussels - U.S. Army Garrison
Cuba11898 - PresentNaval Station Guantanamo Bay
Honduras11981 - PresentSoto Cano Air Base
Greece1May 1969 - PresentNSA Souda Bay - U. S. Naval Support Activity
Portugal1Lajes Field
Kyrgyzstan12001 - PresentTransit Center at Manas
El Salvador12001 - PresentCSL Comalapa - not a military base but a unarmed aircraft that offers unique surveillance capabilities that support CTOC
Singapore11992 - PresentComlog Westpac
Norway12003 - PresentJåttå, Stavanger
Puerto Rico11940 - PresentFort Buchanan
Qatar11996 - PresentAl Udeid Air Base
Bahrain11971–presentNSA Bahrain, a U.S. naval base
Djibouti12002 - PresentCamp Lemonnier
Bahamas1October 1966 - PresentThe Autec Complex Navy Base - project offering underwater testing
Iceland11943 - PresentKeflavík Air Base
Greenland1September 1952 - PresentThule Air Base
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The United States of America has 750 military bases in an estimated 80 countries. More than any other country worldwide.

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