About NS Norfolk, VA
Norfolk, Virginia is home to the largest naval station in the world, Naval Station Norfolk (NS Norfolk). The location, sometimes known as "Hampton Roads," is home to over 1.6 million people. Seventy-five ships and 134 aircraft operate out of NS Norfolk. Fleets serving in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea call Norfolk their homeport.
The Navy purchased the land for NS Norfolk in 1917, following our entry into World War I. After World War II broke out, NS Norfolk saw an influx of funding and growth. The station served an integral role in providing refuge for evacuees during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) and Operation Sincere Welcome (1994).
Today, NS Norfolk is the designator for two previously separate installations: Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Air Station. According to a 2014 report, there are over 83,000 military workers in Hampton Roads and over 49,000 military workers in Norfolk.