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Naval Air Station Oceana lies 16 miles East of the City of Norfolk but within the city limits of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Air station is tucked away among the tall trees, swamps and farmland just west of the waterfront. Four military installations, Oceana, Little Creek, Fort Story, Dam Neck, are located in Virginia Beach.  Among its attractions are a highly acclaimed public education system, state-of-the-art health care facilities, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, a world-class 20,000 seat amphitheater, and a multipurpose Sportsplex, all near 38 miles of shoreline and 28 miles of City beaches. Residents enjoy a moderate climate, a wide variety of outdoor activities, and the ever-changing beauty of the four seasons.


In 1948 the Atlantic Fleet Command headquartered in an abandoned hospital. It served as operational headquarters for the Fleet Air Command, and with NAS Oceana in the late '50's, formed the biggest air base on the East Coast. It is now Home to sixteen fighter squadrons - three squadrons of F-14 Tomcats, thirteen of F/A-18 Hornets and F/A-18 Super Hornets. The base is the sole East Coast Master Jet Base and home to all the east coast fighter (VF) and strike-fighter (VFA) units (excluding Marine Corps squadrons). Training is conducted by VFA-106 Gladiators in their F/A-18C/D Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.
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One other milestone in NAS's history occurred in 1968 when the station assumed a major role in putting a man on the moon. The air station became Recovery Control Center Atlantic, providing command, control and communications with all the ships and aircraft involved in the recovery operations of Apollo 7.  Oceana Naval Air Station is vital to the defense of our county, and as a major employer is a key economic engine for the region.


Our mission is to support the Navy's Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Force of Strike Fighter Aircraft Joint/Inter-Agency Operations and to train and deploy the Navy's fighter/attack squadron, the F-14 Tomcats, F/A-18 Hornets and the two H-3 Sea King helicopters that are assigned for search-and-rescue duties. NAS Oceana is an interesting and exciting place to work, and with its mission supporting Naval Aviation's high performance attack and fighter aircraft, it is the Navy's most advanced Naval Air Station.


Congratulations on your assignment to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia. We would like to welcome you aboard. Contact your gaining command to request a sponsor to assist you with your transition or you can use the Sponsor Assignment Aid website in the Contact/Links. The SAA e-mails your request (with an assigned tracking number) to your gaining command's sponsor coordinator, who will assign a sponsor based upon the information you provide.

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 Ave. PSD is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4p.m., the duty personnel man who can be reached through the PSD Quarterdeck at 433-5933 handles emergencies.

If you check aboard during normal working hours, please report to Naval Station Admin located in Bldg. N-26, Room 1101.


There are three Navy Lodges in the Hampton Roads area.  Please call in advance for to make reservations.  Pets are not allowed.
Service members also have the option of lodging at the Hampton Roads Regional Visiting Quarters, previous known as (BEQ and BOQ).  Family members are allowed to stay in quarters with the service member.


FFSC offers one-on-one consultations providing information about both military and community resources such as schools, housing, employment, and recreation. Other services include local 'Welcome Aboard Packets' and the Lending Locker. The Lending Locker provides short-term loaner household items such as dish packs, tri-fold mattresses, pack n play, tables and chairs to personnel on PCS orders. Please call in advance for item availability. Contact (757) 433-2912 or DSN 433-2912


Hampton Roads is designated as a Critical Housing Area. Finding housing to meet your needs can be challenging therefore you may want to plan for an extended stay (1-2) weeks at a motel or Navy Lodge while searching for housing. Upon checking in, contact the Regional Housing office for information regarding base housing, the Rental Partnership Program and local housing.


Military childcare centers accept children from infancy to kindergarten ages and include developmental programs. You may want to consider family home care in military housing or civilian childcare options due to the lengthy waiting list for the military Child Development Centers.



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