Naval Station Norfolk

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Naval Station Norfolk
Part of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
Norfolk, Virginia in the United States
Naval Station Norfolk.jpg
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) arriving at Naval Station Norfolk, 2002
Type Naval Base
Site information
Owner  United States
Operator  United States Navy
Open to
the public
Site history
Built July 4, 1917 (July 4, 1917)
In use 1917 (1917) - present
Garrison information
CAPT Douglas J. Beaver, USN
Occupants Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command

Naval Station Norfolk (IATA: NGUICAO: KNGUFAA LID: NGU), is a United States Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia. It supports naval forces in the United States Fleet Forces Command,[1] those operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean. The installation occupies about 4 miles (6.4 km) of waterfront space and 11 miles (18 km) of pier and wharf space of the Hampton Roads peninsula known as Sewell's Point. It is the world's largest naval station, with the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces through 75 ships alongside 14 piers and with 134 aircraft and 11 aircraft hangars at the adjacently operated Chambers Field and [2] 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 (AMC) aircraft and other AMC-chartered flights from the airfield's AMC Terminal.[3]


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On Easter (April 3) of 1988, members of the anti-nuclear group Plowshares boarded the USS Iowa with visitors for a ship's tour, and left their group to do symbolic damage to the ship's empty Tomahawk missile launchers, using hammers and their own blood.[4]

Naval Station Norfolk is home port for the USS Cole (DDG-67), which was the victim of an Al-Qaeda terrorist attack in October 2000 while it was harbored and being refueled in the port of Aden, Yemen. 17 American sailors were killed, and 39 were injured in the attack, which was later revealed to have been a dress rehearsal for future terror attacks by the group in the United States.[5] The USS Cole remains in active service and remains homeported at Norfolk.

On March 24, 2014, a shooting at NS Norfolk resulted in the death of a sailor and a civilian. The shooting occurred around 11:20 p.m. EST aboard the USS Mahan (DDG-72). Security forces shot and killed the civilian who had allegedly shot the sailor aboard the vessel.[6] The base was closed for a short time after the shooting on the USS Mahan.[7]

Operational Units[edit]

Naval Station Norfolk is home port of four carrier strike groups and it's assigned ships. In addition, the Naval Station plays host to several Military Sealift Command ships, as well as the Atlantic Fleet submarines.

As of February 2017, the following operational units are headquartered or homeported at Naval Station Norfolk:

Carrier Strike Groups (CARSTRKGRU)[edit]

Destroyer Squadrons (DESRONS)[edit]

Aircraft carriers[edit]



Military sealift command[edit]

Tenant/Shore Commands[edit]

In addition to the several operational units, Naval Station Norfolk is also headquarters to a number of shore activities that provided administrative and specialty support to regional operational assets, and in some cases, the entire Navy.

As of February 2017, these included:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mission and Vision, Naval Station Norfolk
  2. ^ History of Naval Station Norfolk
  3. ^ "NS Norfolk History". Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  4. ^ "An Activist Nun Trying To Provoke People To Think". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Casualties: U. S. Navy and Marine Corps Personnel Killed and Wounded in Wars, Conflicts, Terrorist Acts, and Other Hostile Incidents". Naval History & Heritage Command. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (25 March 2014). "Family: Military Policeman Was Shooting Victim". CBS Local. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  7. ^ West, Rachel (25 March 2014). "Navy ID's shooter in USS Mahan death". WAVY-TV. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 

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