Naval Bases – Hampton Roads

Naval Weapons Station: Naval Weapons Station Yorktown is a United States Navy base in York County and James City County. It provides a weapons and ammunition storage and loading facility for ships of the US Atlantic Fleet.

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown hosts 25 tenant commands which include the Atlantic Ordnance Command, the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity, the Marine Corps Second Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, Fleet Industrial Supply Center Detachment, Navy Expeditionary Medical Support Command, Navy Cargo Handling and Port Group, Riverine Squadron 3, Maritime Civil Affairs Squadron 2, and 19 Storefronts.

The station and tenant commands work together as a team to provide ordnance logistics, technical, supply and related services to the Atlantic Fleet. Today the station is a hub of activity. As one of the Navy’s “explosive corridors” to the sea, supply, amphibious and combatant ships may be seen arriving and departing the station’s two piers.

Very close by is Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg VA.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard: The Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, is one of the largest shipyards in the world specializing in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines. It’s the oldest and largest industrial facility that belongs to the U.S. Navy, and it’s also the most multifaceted.

During its more than 230 years, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard has assisted the nation in winning nine major wars, putting an end to piracy, sending the Great White Fleet around the world, scientifically exploring the Pacific, and opening Japan to American trade.

The Norfolk Naval Shipyard has built historic ships, developed mines, and torpedoes, outfitted ships for around-the-world diplomatic voyages, aided the fleet during the wars, made the transitions from sails to coal and oil and then to nuclear power, and developed skills and technologies that embrace Dahlgren guns, 16-inch batteries and guided missiles.

Milestone ships have included the USS CHESAPEAKE (one of the first six built after the Navy Department was established), the USS TEXAS (the first U.S. Navy battleship to be commissioned), the USS RALEIGH (early cruiser), the USS MERRIMACK/CSS VIRGINIA (pioneer ironclad), and the USS LANGLEY (first U.S. Navy aircraft carrier)

The nation’s first dry-dock is still functioning here, with a nearby marker proclaiming it as a national historic landmark. A few blocks away are three more official landmarks – Quarters A (1837) and, Quarters B and C (1830).

Within the span of history here, the shipyard has hosted presidents, created the Navy’s first hospital, recruited workers from many states, repaired and overhauled thousands of American and allied ships, and earned a host of awards.

Norfolk Naval Station: Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia, is a base of the United States Navy, supporting naval forces in the United States Fleet Forces Command, those operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean. NS Norfolk, also known as the Norfolk Navy Base, occupies about four miles of waterfront space and seven miles of pier and wharf space of the Hampton Roads peninsula known as Sewell’s Point.

It is the world’s largest Naval Station, supporting 75 ships and 134 aircraft alongside 14 piers and 11 aircraft hangars, and houses the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces. Port Services controls more than 3,100 ships’ movements annually as they arrive and depart their berths.

Air Operations conducts over 100,000 flight operations each year, an average of 275 flights per day or one every six minutes. Over 150,000 passengers and 264,000 tons of mail and cargo depart annually on Air Mobility Command aircraft and other chartered flights from the airfield. It is the hub for Navy logistics going to the European and Central Command theaters of operations, and to the Caribbean.

Naval Medical Center: It’s the oldest hospital in the U.S. Navy, and yet, the most modern. The Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, is known for embracing new technology without forsaking the human touch. No wonder it was named a “Center of Excellence” by a joint commission that applied the highest standards of performance.

Portsmouth professionals have provided quality care for more than 175 years. Occupying a 112-acre site along the Elizabeth River in downtown Portsmouth, Virginia, the facility is located on the original site of Fort Nelson, built in 1776. The first building of the current hospital was completed in 1830.

As the military establishment grew, this Naval Medical Center became a major military medical facility with health-care professionals serving Active Duty Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard service members. And at the same time, caring for military families, retired personnel and others authorized for treatment.

Through its extensive graduate Medical Education Programs, the Naval Medical Center conducts internships and residency training in medicine, dentistry, psychology and pastoral care. Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is one of three major teaching hospitals in the Navy, with residency programs in 13 specialty areas. Each year, approximately 75 Officers complete internships at the Naval Medical Center.

Oceana Naval Air Station: Naval Air Station Oceana or NAS Oceana is a military airport located in Virginia Beach and is a United States Navy Master Jet Base. It is also known as Apollo Soucek Field, named after Lieutenant (later Admiral) Apollo Soucek, who was a Navy Test Pilot and world record altitude holder in 1930, having flown a Curtiss “Hawk” biplane to an altitude of 43,166 feet.

Home to seventeen strike fighter squadrons of F/A-18 Hornets and F/A-18 Super Hornets, the base is the sole East Coast Master Jet Base and home to all the east coast strike-fighter units.

Tomcat training was conducted by the now disestablished VF-101 Grim Reapers. NAS Oceana was host to the “Tomcat Sunset” reunion from 21 – 23 September 2006, where over 3000 former and current aircrew and maintainers came together to celebrate the retirement of the F-14 from active Fleet service.

NAS Oceana also was the location where the F-14 took off for the last time for final flight of the type when F-14D, Bureau Number (BuNo) 164603, Modex 101, of Fighter Squadron31 (VF-31) was ferried from NAS Oceana to Calverton on Long Island, NY for permanent static display at the Northrop Grumman facilities where the Tomcat was originally built.

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