18 May 2013

Where is Naval Station Norfolk? - Norfolk, Virginia

Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk-An aerial view highlighting the piers of the base

Where is Naval Station Norfolk? - About Norfolk, Virginia

Naval Station Norfolk is a base of the United States Navy which supports naval forces operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean and is located in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk, Virginia is a city with a population of near 250,000 and is considered to be the historic, urban, financial, and cultural center of the region. As it is bordered by many bodies of water with many miles of riverfront and bayfront land, Norfolk is connected with a network of highways, bridges, and tunnels. In the summer, temperatures can often reach the 90s with high humidity. Hurricanes and other tropical storms will occasionally make landfall here while fall and winter weather is much more mild with temperatures rarely reaching freezing.

Major Units at Naval Station Norfolk

Currently supporting 75 ships and 134 aircraft with over 100,000 flight operations and over 150,000 passengers departing per year, Naval Station Norfolk is home to many units including:

See Who You Know at Naval Station Norfolk

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History of Naval Station Norfolk

Named after the city in which it is located, Naval Station Norfolk (NSN) was founded by the Department of the Navy in 1917 on the site of the 1907 Jamestown Exposition world fair after the purchase was personally endorsed by president Woodrow Wilson. The government took 474 acres, some of it seized through eminent domain, and called the base Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads. At the onset of World War Two, the base become the headquarters for the Atlantic fleet, servicing more than 100 ships and many navy air units. During this time, hundreds of more acres were added to the base in order to support the needs of the war; the additions included a major aircraft factory. Through the Cold War, the base had to expand again to accommodate larger ships of the time with the purchase of near 500 more acres and the construction of new piers along the waterfront. In the 1990s, as part of a post-Cold War draw-down, the separate Naval Station and Naval Air Station were combined into the single base that is now Naval Station Norfolk. It is currently the world's largest naval station with about four miles of waterfront space and seven miles of pier and wharf space.

Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk-A view of the base form the 1940s

Schools in Norfolk, VA

Norfolk City Public Schools consists of 34 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and 5 high schools. In 2005, Norfolk Public Schools demonstrated "the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps for poor and minority students" and received the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education award. Also in the area are private schools such as Norfolk Academy and religious schools such as St. Pius X Catholic School and Holy Trinity Parish School. Norfolk is also home to one private university and three public: Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Virginia Wesleyan College.

Norfolk, Virginia-A view of the city at night

Attractions - What to do in Norfolk, VA

In Norfolk one will find arts and culture, sports, and recreational parks. The Chrysler Museum of Art is considered to be the best in the state and Norfolk hosts several yearly festivals and parades. Naval Station Norfolk is home to a brick baseball park that the MLB used during World War Two and people also cheer for the local team at Harbor Park. The Town Point Park in Norfolk's downtown is host to many annual events such as Harborfest and The Parade of Sail.


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