Norfolk Naval Shipyard 

Facility for building, remodeling, and repairing the Navy’s ships

Portsmouth, VA 23709


The Norfolk Navy Shipyard (NNSY) is located in Portsmouth, Virginia. It is one of the largest shipyards in the world and it is the oldest and largest industrial facility that belongs to the U.S. Navy. The shipyard specializes in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines. It can not only dry-dock, overhaul and repair any ship in the U.S. fleet, it can also perform any technical, fabrication, manufacturing and engineering work your organization might need accomplished. NNSY has earned it numerous awards and the reputation of being the nation’s number one shipyard.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s primary mission is the overhaul, repair and modernization of Los Angeles-class submarines. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard provides the U.S. Navy’s nuclear powered submarine fleet with quality overhaul work in a safe, timely and affordable manner. This includes a full spectrum of in-house support–from engineering services and production shops, to unique capabilities and facilities, to off-site support–all of which serves the multifaceted assortment of fleet requirements. With the commissioning of the Virginia-class submarine, USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) in 2008, the shipyard and the Seacoast Communities got their first look at the next generation of submarine technology and the future of ship repair. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard performed the first extended availability on the new class of submarine on USS Virginia (SSN 774) gaining valuable knowledge and experience for future Virginia-class availabilities. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is committed to maximizing the material readiness of the fleet by delivering on-time, affordable quality, safely achieved.

On November 1, 1767 Andrew Sprowle, a merchant and ship owner, established the Gosport Shipyard on the western shore of the Elizabeth River under the British flag. The shipyard developed and prospered as both a naval and merchant shipyard. When the American Revolution began in 1775, Sprowle chose to remain loyal to the Crown and fled the area aboard the Royal Governor’s flagship. All his properties were confiscated by the Colony of Virginia. While being operated by Virginia, in 1779, the shipyard was burned by the British.
This former colonial shipyard became the Navy’s nucleus in the Hampton Roads area where the largest naval base in the world has developed. The Norfolk Naval Shipyard is the U.S. Navy’s oldest shipyard and actually predates the United States Navy Department by 31 years. The largest shipyard on the East Coast. Known for most of its first century as “Gosport”, it was renamed “Norfolk” in 1862 after the largest city in the area. It has never borne the name of its home city of Portsmouth.

The work force at Norfolk Naval Shipyard comes from the following areas: 24 percent Portsmouth; 15 percent Virginia Beach; 30 percent Chesapeake; 7 percent Norfolk; 9 percent Suffolk; 8 percent other Virginia areas; and 7 percent from North Carolina.



Check In — Military members reporting to NNSY: must check-in during normal business hours. Service members should contact sponsor for assistance. Military members reporting after hours must call the Duty Office at (757) 396-8615.
Cell phone use and headsets are prohibited while driving on all military installations.
Personal weapons are prohibited on the installation.


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Virginia Department of Human Resources 757-664-6000
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Portsmouth Children Services 757-405-1800
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.

Portsmouth Animal Services 757-397-6004
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Portsmouth Dept of Public Health 757-393-8585

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Temporary Lodging – Navy Lodge and Navy Gateway Inns and Suites
Persons in PCS status are authorized 30 days in Temporary Lodging Facilities. Reservations can be made by calling the Navy Lodge at 1-800-NAVYINN or the Navy Gateway Inns and Suite at 1-877-628-9233. Reservations can also be made via the Internet. Several non-military affiliated hotels are available within a 2-mile radius of the Shipyard.


3 miles from base

Small, quiet neighborhood isolated by Norfolk zoo/park, LaFayette River, and Granby Street. Beautiful tree lined streets and an air of the turn of the century (1900) environment. Plenty of neighborhood activities such as ArtWalk and 4th of July parade and picnic. Front porch socializing with neighbors.

Lafayette Shores

5.2 miles from base

Beautiful, friendly neighborhood with access to pool, clubhouse and workout facilities.

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In Portsmouth, 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 Portsmouth for warm-weather activities are from mid to late May and from late August to mid October.

Compared to the state average of Virginia the cost of living index in Portsmouth, VA is 105, which is 3% lower than the average in Virginia and compared to the national average it is 5% higher than.

If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Portsmouth, VA goods and services come in at 11% higher than the average in Virginia and are 10% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

One visit to Portsmouth, Virginia and you’ll be hooked. Amble along our famous Seawall. Stroll through three centuries of historic neighborhoods. Go antiquing. Enjoy unique shops. Take in some art. Stand inside a giant soap bubble at the largest children’s museum in the state. And did we mention that Portsmouth is home to some of the most delightful restaurants in the region? Many of Portsmouth’s attractions are clustered within easy walking distance of each other, making it the perfect place to spend a day. And with its central location, it’s easy to get to – just a quick ferry ride from downtown Norfolk, and just minutes from Virginia Beach and Colonial Williamsburg.

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