Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek
Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek is the most important military installation the Amphibious Forces in the Atlantic Fleet can rely on. The base is under the jurisdiction of the United States Navy and covers four different locations, spread over three different states. Altogether, they count almost 50 square kilometers. The Little Creek installation covers almost 10 square kilometers and is located in the eastern side of Virginia, in Virginia Beach. There are almost 30 ships hosted on site too, not to mention about close to 80 different services and centers. The installation is unique in the United States Navy and not just by its build and importance, but also by its strict orientation towards the amphibious missions. NAB Little Creek is currently the widest facility of its kind in the whole world. The base is now part of a larger installation – Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story. The merge was finished in the autumn of 2009 and took a couple of years to complete.
The beginnings of NAB Little Creek date back to World War II, when more and more trucks carrying raw materials showed up around the wide bean fields belonging to the local Whitehurst family. Four different bases were raised in this area. Two of them were named after the land owners, before the authorities took them over – Camp Shelton and Camp Bradford. The third base was the Frontier Base of the United States Navy, while the amphibious training site turned out to be the fourth one.
During the first years, this place was nothing like a base. It was mostly a combination of a dirty swamp and some technological attempts of the authorities. However, as time passed by, the amphibious training range became the most important one in the country. It was the main center for all these operations and supported training sessions for a lot of different troops, including the LCI, LSM, LCVP, LCU and LCM professionals. The four bases were part of the American process to increase the military power of the country around World War II. As soon as it reached to an end, they were disestablished, along with dozens of other names.
All personnel reporting to JEB Little Creek or one of the Tenant Commands, report to Personnel Support Detachment (PSD), located directly inside gate 4 or that Tenant Command. All personnel reporting to the ships, report directly to the ship. If you do not know where to find the ship, call the ship information line at 757-444-0000 and request the pier number and directions. If the ship is on deployment, report to the Naval Station Norfolk, Transient Personnel Unit (TPU).
The Fleet and Family Support Center, Relocation Department, is available to assist you with all your relocation needs.
The base is home for around 15,000 individuals. Most of them are civilian families of the military troops, but the site also hosts civilian workers and independent contractors.