Naval Station Norfolk
Naval Station Norfolk has been in operation since 1917. It is located in
Norfolk, Virginia, a city of 242,000 people. The base is designed to support
naval forces that are part of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Known as
NS Norfolk or Norfolk Naval Base, its claim to fame is that it is the
largest naval station in the entire world. It has approximately 75 ships,
134 aircraft, 14 piers, and 11 aircraft hangars. It covers four miles
of Atlantic Ocean shoreline and has seven miles of piers and wharfs. The
base also operates over 100,000 flights every year, approximately 275
flights every day. Not only this, but the Navy uses this installation
as a headquarters for U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command.
The History of Naval Station Norfolk
How did this base become what it is today? Interest in this area of land
first began in 1907 at the Jamestown Exposition. The naval officers who
were at this world fair noticed how perfect the location would be for
a naval base, and only one year later, a bill was passed to purchase the
property. Due to budget reasons, the navy was not able to purchase the
property at that time. When the U.S. entered World War I, however, it
soon became apparent how necessary it was that they take advantage of
the prime location. The Navy paid $1.2 million for 474 acres and spent
a further $1.6 million to build the base. The new base included a Naval
Training Center, a Naval Air Station, Submarine Station, and a Naval Hospital.
In 1918, there were already 34,000 enlisted members living at the base.
The base outgrew the property and land from the flats was filled in from
dredging. The Navy's air units were also expanded during this time,
with 30,000 enlisted members serving in the aviation unit. When World
War I ended, the huge growth which had been witnessed at the base came
to a halt. In the years following, the population of the base fell to
less than half. This was not only true of Naval Station Norfolk, but military
stations across the country. Despite cutbacks, the air operations at the
base continued. In 1921, the installation officially became known as Naval
Air Station Norfolk. Testing and training on aircraft carriers took place
here and in the 1930s, more construction occurred and more barracks were built.
The most changes occurred at the base, however, when World War II started.
By December of 1939, the Navy had planned $4 million in projects for Naval
Station Norfolk. By 1940, there were at least 8,000 people working at
the base, the highest since the First World War. Congress then authorized
the purchase of 1,000 acres of land east of the Naval Station. The cost
of purchasing this land as well as constructing the necessary buildings
was more than $72 million. The history of the base shows how much this
installation has changed and how it has come to be the largest Naval Station
in the world.
Military Criminal Defense
If you were accused of a crime while on Naval Station Norfolk, you need
to be aware that there are different penalties and laws you could be facing.
Criminal law for members of the military is different than it is for civilians.
Our team at The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service understands criminal
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For More Information
Naval Station Norfolk
Map of Naval Station Norfolk
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