Each one of our USS centers is a “home away from home” to seafarers across the globe. United Seamen’s Service meets the needs of seafarers through its six port community centers worldwide. These centers provide programs specially tailored to create a safe haven for seafarers. Here, off-duty seafarers can relax and attend to their many concrete personal needs. In addition, the USS center director acts as an advisor, providing supportive counseling, information and referrals to the seafarer in crisis. Outreach is also offered through programs such as ship, hospital, and detention visiting. Center hospitality is not limited solely to seafarers. The portside community, U.S. government and military personnel, and their families are welcome. Through this all-encompassing approach, USS addresses the concerns of the entire port community and reinforces the dignity and value of seafarers throughout the world. Each center serves as a key element in the USS mission – promoting the welfare of American seafarers and their dependents; seafarers of all nations; U.S. government, military, and civilian personnel; and other persons engaged in the maritime industry. United Seamen’s Service (USS) Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. United Seamen’s Service operates a seafarer's center in Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. which is open 365 days per year to support U.S. Merchant Marines crewing U.S. Naval Service pre-positioning vessels on station in Diego Garcia (DG) and the island community comprised of U.S. Navy, British Navy and civilian support personnel employed on the island.