Welcome to NS Norfolk
Naval Station Norfolk is located in Norfolk, Virginia, one of the centers of Navy activity. It supports 75 ships and 134 aircraft with 14 piers and 11 aircraft hangars, making it the largest Naval complex in the entire world. The station supports Naval forces in the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
The land for the naval site was purchased in 1917 and over $1 million was set aside for development of piers, aviation facilities, storehouses, fuel storage, and recreation grounds for fleet personnel. By 1918, there were 3,400 enlisted men at the base. By 1939, large battleships had converged on the station, including the USS California, USS Idaho and USS New Mexico. Aircraft carriers such as the USS Ranger, and the USS Enterprise also called the station home.
World War II brought exponential growth to the station, which employed over 8,000 personnel at the time. The station was host to more than 70 tenant commands including several aircraft carrier groups and Navy Air Reserve units. These ships protected the shipping on the East Coast and escorted Allied supply ships to the United Kingdom as protection against German submarines. After the war, the station became primarily an air station for various squadrons. After the end of the Cold War, however, Naval Air Station Norfolk merged with Naval Station Norfolk and shifted back to its roots as a sea-based installation.
Weather in the Norfolk area tends to be warm and humid in the summer with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and cold in the winter with the temperatures in the 40s. Annual rainfall in the area is 52 inches.
Local housing options are available nearby in cities such as Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton, and Newport News. This area is collectively known as Hampton Roads and is the most populated region in Virginia. Apartments near NS Norfolk rent for $800-$1,200 a month. Houses near NS Norfolk sell for about $190,000 to $255,000, on average.
About DoD Housing Network
Feel free to browse the homes for rent and homes for sale by owner (FSBO), as well as the local businesses that work with NS Norfolk inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand NS Norfolk and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to NS Norfolk please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to base. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.
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