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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.

Arriving at Yorktown 
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.

Base Population

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.