Naval Station Norfolk, which is located in Norfolk, Virginia, supports naval forces in the Fleet Forces Command. It oversees Navy operations in the Atlantic, Indian, and Mediterranean oceans. Norfolk Station spans about 4 miles of waterfront space, and has many large piers to accommodate huge navy ships. Naval Station Norfolk is the largest naval station in the entire world. It hosts 75 ships and 134 aircraft, and boasts an impressive 14 piers, 11 aircraft hangers, and hundreds of houses for military families.
Naval Station Norfolk is famous for being huge and filled with activity, 24/7. The Air Operations division at Norfolk oversees more than 100,000 flight operations per year, or an average of 275 per day. Annually, 150,000+ passengers and 264,000+ tons of cargo depart from Naval Station Norfolk. Naval Station Norfolk was commissioned in 1917, and the base grew incredibly rapidly. Within a year of its creation, there were already 34,000 enlisted men stationed at NS Norfolk. The growth of the base has been exponential ever since, and the navy continues to pour funding and men into the development of the world’s largest naval base, NS Norfolk.