The base was small compared to its counter, Haakonsvern in Bergen. It lost its status as an orlogsstasjon in 2002. After that it was a subordinate unit of Haakonsvern and no units were permanently stationed there.
On 14 March 2005, an accident in a scuba exercise inside the base led to the death of SBS commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard van der Horst.
The base was closed down in 2009 and put up for sale by the Norwegian government for 105 million Norwegian kroner (17.5 million USD) in 2011. NATO has said that the Norwegian government could sell the base as neither of them had a need for the base. An investment group bought it for 38.1 million Norwegian kroner in 2013 and plans to use it as a maintenance center for Arctic oil rigs and subsea drilling equipment.