Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is the major operating base for the Navy’s Amphibious Forces. The base spans 2,120 acres, and hosts more than 15,000 personnel. It also has 27 home ported ships which is maintains, as well as 78 support activities/residents. In October, 2009, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek was officially merged with Fort Story, an Army base. The base is now officially called Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
The base was built in 1942, and has active ever since. At the beginning of World War 2, the base was nothing but a mass of swamps and wetlands. There were 4 smaller bases constructed, each of which were used for training military personnel. When World War 2 ended, the bases were partially disabled. However, very shortly after this closure, the Little Creek base reopened to be used for amphibious navy vessels. They chose Little Creek because of its prime location and water access. Today, the base is still used by the Navy and the Marine Corps to store, build and train personnel for amphibious vehicles.