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Naval Air Station Oceana 

Military airport
United States Navy master jet base
1750 Tomcat Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23460
Sailors wear the Navy working uniform (NWU) at 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.”

Arriving at Oceana
All reporting personnel must stop at the Quarterdeck, located in Building 230 (White House). Here you will have your orders endorsed by the station Junior Officer of the Day (JOOD). The quarterdeck is manned 24-hours a day and can be reached at 757-433-2366. After checking in with the JOOD, all military personnel are sent to the Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) located in Building 326 on D Avenue. The PSD is open from 7:30 to 4:00 p.m., or may be reached, in case of emergencies, through the PSD Quarterdeck at 757-433-5933.
Don’t forget to ask your sponsor about your new command’s specific check-in policies. This is especially important if the command is deployed when you are scheduled to arrive at NAS Oceana.
If you are single and require bachelor’s quarters, you can call the Combined Bachelor Quarters, 757-433-2574 to make a reservation.

Base Population

Together with Dam Neck the base has about 10,500 active Navy personnel, about 10,000 family members and 4,500 civilian personnel.