The centre is located in the northern area of Souda Naval Base, near the city of Chania, at the north-west of Crete, Greece. Crete and particularly the city of Chania, is one of the main tourist destinations. Chania is a picturesque, medieval city about 20Km west of Souda bay, with a population rising up to 100,000. The tourist period in Crete starts in April and lasts up to the end of October. Souda is located on the western part of the island and is one of the largest and most important natural ports of eastern Mediterranean.
Souda Bay is located close to the international airport of Chania, about 10Km to the north of the Centre(NMIOTC) .
The existing Naval Base provides a combination of infrastructure Recreational facilities, Naval Hospital, Officers Club and Personnel Accommodation. The facility is fully supported by the existing relevant infrastructure and manpower of the Naval Base. The location of Crete possesses an important strategic value in conjunction with the other existing infrastructures dominating the sea- and air- lines of communication of Eastern Mediterranean. The already existing logistics reasons demanding vessels to sail to Souda Bay, are augmented by the opportunity of realistic training provided by NMIOTC, due to the proximity of the “Choke Points” surrounding Crete, such as Peloponnesus-Crete, Karpathos-Crete- Rhodes straits as well as to the proximity to North Africa and Middle East coasts