Naval Weapons Station Yorktown 

Provides a weapons and ammunition storage and loading facility for ships of the US Atlantic Fleet

Yorktown, Virginia 23690


Naval Weapons Station Yorktown is one of the multiple military facilities owned and operated by the United States Navy in Virginia. The installation spreads over two different counties – James City and York – and is in the immediate proximity of Camp Peary. It is surrounded by amazing natural landscapes and benefits from a huge colonial history.

The mission of NWS Yorktown is clear and simple. It is responsible for storing huge deposits of ammunition and weapons. It also loads or unloads all the ships that require such operations and only supports the Atlantic Fleet. The base works under the Department of Defense, but through the United States Navy. This means that it will support these two institutions regardless of their missions and operations.

The history of NWS Yorktown dates back to the colonial era, in the 17-th century. The place has always been considered to be very useful for the military forces that inhabited it. However, the actual connection with the United States Navy began in the summer of 1918. The place was used by a private company to test various types of dynamites. In 1918, the authorities took over the place in an attempt to strengthen the United States of America as World War I was quickly gaining popularity in Europe. When the improvement was done, the facility became the largest one of its kind in the world. The primary mission of the site was to deal with mines and to train people in handling and using them accordingly.

Military bases in close proximity to the Weapons station are Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Naval Air Station Oceana, Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Together, they support approximately 85,000 joint force military personnel with an additional 120,000 family members, over 68,000 retirees and 27,439 DoD personnel and civilian employees.



Personnel records for all service members attached to Yorktown Naval Weapons Station are kept at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Norfolk, Virginia. Military personnel attached to Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Tenant commands are to report directly to their command upon arrival. Should you arrive on a weekend, report to Combined Bachelor Quarters Nelson House, Building 704 (located inside Gate 3) then to the command on the next working day with your transfer package for in processing. Yorktown Administrative Office can be reached at 757-887-4444, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions regarding check-in procedures. After hours, the Command Duty Officer can be reached by cell phone at 757-268-6250.

Sponsors are identified and assigned as soon as the receiving command is notified of a prospective gain in personnel. The sponsor then sends the inbound service member a letter with the Command’s address and phone number, as well as useful information about the Weapons Station. The service members will then utilize the Command’s address in order to forward personal mail to his/her new command while in transit. If you do not hear from your sponsor and your transfer date is approaching, please contact the Command Sponsor Coordinator at 757-887-4355 or DSN 312-953-4355. If you are planning to take leave (either personal or for house hunting), please inform your command and make sure you follow the correct procedures such as submitting a leave request prior to making plans.
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Report to the command during weekdays at 7:30 a.m. If you do not have transportation from the barracks to the command, you can ride in the duty van, which leaves no later than 7:15 a.m. every weekday morning from the barracks.


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NWS Yorktown has several housing areas. There are 3 enlisted housing areas with a total of 430 units, 2 junior/senior officer-housing areas with a total of 14 units and 1 flag officer unit. The housing assignment is predicated upon your needs and availability. Wait time can be as little as 0-3 months, or as long as 18-24 months.


5.6 miles from base

Nice and private neighborhood with minimal traffic. It’s a spacious location with plenty of privacy. There’s also a beautiful wooded scenery to enjoy. It has a good country ranch feel to it.


5.9 miles from base

Nice quiet neighborhood close to a park, gold course, and area schools. Very safe area and kid friendly.

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In Yorktown, 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 32°F to 88°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 95°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Yorktown for warm-weather activities are from mid May to early June and from late August to mid October.

The overall cost of living index in Yorktown, VA is 127, which is 19% higher than the Virginia average and 27% higher than the national average.

Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Yorktown, VA are 1% higher than the Virginia average and 1% higher than the national average.

Yorktown is in York County located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia and situated between the James and York Rivers as well as the Chesapeake Bay.

Immerse yourself in 300 years of history and enjoy lodging in a hotel or bed and breakfast nestled among the village streets and paths or overlooking the York River. Here you can experience 18th Century homes and revolutionary battlefields. Picturesque streets are the backdrop for art galleries, antique and specialty shops. Visit the museums offering hands on programs and exhibits. Stroll along the scenic riverwalk and relax on the sandy beach at river’s edge. Take a ride on our free trolley then march to the beat of the Fifes and Drums during one of their performances. After working up an appetite, dine at one of our charming restaurants, some with a view of the York River.

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