Naval Station Norfolk
Supports naval forces in the United States Fleet Forces Command
1530 Gilbert St #2000, Norfolk, VA 23511
Naval Station Norfolk is the largest naval complex in the world! It supports the operational readiness of the US Atlantic Fleet. They provide facilities and services for missions and are committed to safety, security, and continuous improvement in quality of life and quality of service for our Sailors and families.
Naval Station Norfolk is located in the Southeastern corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is in the Sewells Point area of the City of Norfolk. The area is often referred to as “Hampton Roads” which includes the cities Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Suffolk.
Naval Station Norfolk supports the operational readiness of the US Atlantic Fleet, providing facilities and services to enable mission accomplishment. We are committed to safety, security, and continuous improvement in quality of life and quality of service for our Sailors and families.
The land on which Naval Station Norfolk is located was originally the site of the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. During this exposition, high-ranking naval officers were consulted and favored the idea that this site was ideal for a naval base. A bill was passed in 1908 proposing that Congress appropriate $1 million for the purchase of the property and buildings, but it died when the Assistant Secretary of the Navy was given a choice between this property or a new coal ship. He replied that a new ship was an absolute necessity.
The base population includes more than 80,000 active duty personnel, 112,000 family members and 30,000 civilians.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
Virginia’s compulsory attendance law states that all children who are 5 years old on or before September 30 of the school year must attend school. This could include public school, private school, a public or private preschool program, a private tutor, or home instruction.
CPLAMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Virginia Department of Human Resources 757-664-6000
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Norfolk Children Services 757-664-7749
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Norfolk Animal Services 757-622-3319
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Norfolk Dept of Public Health 757-683-2800
Highway Patrol 757-455-3980
Base Operator 757-322-2366
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
The Hampton Roads region has several housing areas. There are 18 enlisted housing areas with a total 3902 units, 6 officer housing areas with a total of 226 units and 37 flag officer units. Wait time can be as little as 0-3 months, or as long as 18-24 months.
Wexford Terrace/Colony Point
1.3 miles from base
This neighborhood is an undiscovered area of Norfolk. It is tucked behind Little Creek road on the water. There is a large park with newer playground equipment in the center of Wexford Terrace. It is less than a mile from the new Harris Teeter shopping center and the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center.
2.4 miles from base
Old New England-like homes. Lots of culture and things for the kids to do. Safe for the kids. Yacht club, pool, museums, baseball stadium, mall.
In Norfolk, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are very cold and windy, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 34°F to 88°F and is rarely below 22°F or above 95°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Norfolk for warm-weather activities are from mid to late May and from late August to mid October.
Residents in Norfolk, VA enjoy a cost of living index of 108. This index is equal to the Virginia average, and 8% higher than the national average.
The general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Norfolk, VA, the average cost of goods and services is 11% higher than it is in Virginia, and it is 10% higher than the national average.
With a rich history dating back more than 400 years, Norfolk is within an hour’s drive of Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg, an area known as the Historic Triangle. Norfolk offers a wide array of cultural and entertainment options including local sports teams, museums, the zoo, concert arenas, and historic sites and battlefields.
Take in the sights of Hampton Roads with an American Rover sailing ship cruise. Cruises depart from Waterside Marina and sail the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor. The 2-hour narrated harbor and sunset cruises are available April through October. Visit www.americanrover.com.
Founded in 1939 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Chrysler Museum of Art combines a fine arts museum, two significant historic houses and a glass studio, the only one of its kind on the East Coast. In addition to its permanent collection of more than 30,000 objects spanning nearly 5,000 years of history, the museum offers changing exhibitions and education activities for visitors of all ages. Visit www.chrysler.org.
The Elizabeth River Trail is a 9-mile biking and pedestrian trail that runs from Norfolk State University to Terminal Boulevard. The trail can be used for travel between Naval Station Norfolk to downtown Norfolk. The trail connects parks, the Waterside Festival Marketplace and other city locales, while providing scenic views of the Elizabeth River. Interpretive markers tell the history of the area and environment. Visit http://ertnorfolk.com or http://norfolk.gov/bike.
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