Naval Air Station Oceana
NAS Oceana the second largest employer in Virginia Beach. It supports the Navy’s Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Force of Strike-Fighter Aircraft & Joint/Inter-Agency Operations. Naval Air Station Oceana is the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, home to the F/A-18 Hornets and the largest Fleet Replacement Squadron, VFA-106.
It’s primary mission is to serve as a Shore-Based Readiness Integrator, providing the facilities, equipment and personnel to support shored-based readiness, total force readiness and maintain operational access of Oceana-based forces.
Oceana is home to eighteen Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons. Sixteen squadrons deploy on carriers into combat and two are permanently based at Oceana, including the adversary squadron. Routinely, two-thirds of this complement is “working up” on carriers off the coast or deployed at NAS Fallon, Nevada for live air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons training. NAS Oceana averages one take off or landing every two minutes for an average of 325,000 flight operations per year.
Naval Air Station Oceana was commissioned August 17, 1943. Then the area now known as Oceana was a swampy wasteland. Today it is a complex with more than seven miles of runways and the latest equipment to serve military air traffic. It is manned by more than 14,600 military personnel, 2,000 civilians and is home to 19 fighter/attack squadrons flying the Navy’s most advanced aircraft. In the years since World War II, it has taken its place in the list of essential installations and is rightly considered a “Master Jet Base.”
Together with Dam Neck the base has about 10,500 active Navy personnel, about 10,000 family members and 4,500 civilian personnel.