Newcomers will see it right away:
Every branch of the service is represented in this corner of southeastern Virginia: Start with the world's largest naval base and the only East Coast home for the mighty aircraft carriers. Fighter jets from the Navy and the Air Force soar overhead. Coast Guard cutters patrol the waterways. Soldiers and Marines deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the celebrated Navy SEALs.
Veterans live here. Veterans' organizations hold reunions here. When theU.S. militarydecides to act, it is more than something on television. People in Hampton Roads feel it.
The area is bristling with installations, although 2011 saw one major change to the roster. Historic
On Nov. 1, 2011, President
Today, the scenic grounds are managed by the Fort Monroe Authority
Here's a roundup of our installations:
Fort Eustis, Newport News. Established in 1918, Fort Eustis is named for Brevet Brig. Gen. Abraham Eustis, a Virginia native and veteran of the
Naval Station Norfolk. More than 50 ships are home-ported at the naval station, which is the largest naval base in the world. Its airfield, Chambers Field, is home to 16 aircraft squadrons. There are roughly 54,000 active-duty sailors based at the station.
Naval Air Station
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. This joint Navy-Army base was established in October 2009, the first of its kind in Hampton Roads. It consists of the former Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek and the Army post Fort Story. Little Creek began as a training ground for
Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown. It is a training facility for the Coast Guard as well as some foreign troops.
Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. The Navy stores, maintains and loads bombs, missiles and other ordnance for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet at this base. Don't ask if there are nuclear weapons. The only answer you'll get from a spokesman is, "I can neither confirm nor deny the presence of nuclear weapons on this base."
The station manages the adjacent storage facility formerly known as Cheatham Annex in
Camp Peary, Williamsburg. This officially is named the Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity. Don't tell anyone, but the
Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth. This is one of the largest shipyards in the world. It specializes in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines. It's the oldest and largest industrial facility that belongs to the Navy. In fact, it predates the formation of the
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Occupying a 112-acre site along the Elizabeth River in downtown Portsmouth, the hospital is located on the original site of Fort Nelson, which was built in 1776 to provide harbor defense for Norfolk and Portsmouth. It is the U.S. Navy's oldest hospital. The hospital and its branch clinics provide health care to the region's roughly 420,000 active-duty service members, family members and military retirees. It is also one of three major teaching hospitals in the Navy, with residency programs in 13 specialty areas. Each year, officers complete internships at the Naval Medical Center.
Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding (Conversion and Repair), Newport News. This Navy office oversees the shipyard's work on Navy ships and submarines being built or overhauled.