Base History \ Arrival
Naval Air Station Oceana lies within the city limits of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Air station is tucked away among tall trees, swamps and farmland just west of the waterfront. Three military installations, NAS Oceana, Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek/Fort Story, and NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex, are located in Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads area is considered to be a military town with the cost of living being slightly higher than average.
Among the attractions of Virginia Beach 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 of this is located on 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. Base Operator/Quarterdeck 757-433-2366/2367 or DSN 312-433-2366/2367.
In November 1940, the U.S. Government purchased about 328.95 acres of land and constructed a small airfield to serve as an auxiliary field to Norfolk's military complex. In 1943, Oceana was commissioned as a Naval Auxiliary Air Station. By 1952, Oceana was designated a Naval Air Station and by 1953, was an all weather air station. In 1957 NAS Oceana was officially designated as a Master Jet Base.
Over the years Oceana has grown to more than 16 times its original size. Today the complex consists of nearly 6,000 acres. NAS Oceana is the sole East coast Master Jet base and it is now home to sixteen Strike-fighter squadrons; F/A-18 Hornets, and F/A-18 Super Hornets For more information, please visit our homepage.
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 strike-fighter squadrons, 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.
Naval Air Station Oceana consists of approximately 10,000 military, 11,000 family members and 1,700 civilian employees.
Directions to NAS Oceana
There are 2 airports in the Hampton Roads area.
Southside - Norfolk International Airport
The airport is located about 20 miles west of Naval Air Station Oceana. If you are flying into Hampton Roads remember to make arrangements with your sponsor regarding transportation from the airport to the command. If you do not have a sponsor there to meet you, the airport limousine service will take you to Naval Air Station Oceana Quarter Deck for about $55.
Military Information Booth 757-444-3040
If there is a glitch in your plans, the Airport Military Information Booth, located in the main lobby of the Norfolk airport is staffed by a Navy Representative on duty. Information is available to military personnel reporting to the area 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
If you are reporting to Fleet Readiness Center (FRC), call the Quarterdeck at 757-433-5933 to arrange transportation.
USO - Norfolk Airport 757-233-0567
USO is located on the 2nd level of the Arrivals Terminal and provides food services, computers, lounge, library, family service and information & referral assistance.
Peninsula - Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
Driving Directions to NAS Oceana if Coming from I-95
In Emporia you will exit I-95 (Exit #11) onto Route #58 East (towards Norfolk and Virginia Beach) to Route # 64West (towards Norfolk, Hampton and Richmond) to Route #264 East (towards Virginia Beach Oceanfront) to exit #7- First Colonial Road-South. At Exit Light, turn right and continue across Virginia Beach Blvd. and onto Oceana Blvd. Continue on Oceana Blvd. approximately two miles. Turn right into the Front gate onto Tomcat Blvd. which leads to the front gate.
Driving Directions to NAS Oceana if Coming from Route #64 north of Norfolk
Follow I-64 East through the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel into Norfolk. Take route #264 East (towards Virginia Beach Oceanfront to exit #7-First Colonial Road-South. At Exit Light, turn right and continue across Virginia Beach Blvd. and onto Oceana Blvd. Continue on Oceana Blvd. approximately two miles. Turn right into the Front gate onto Tomcat Blvd. which leads to the front gate.
Driving Directions to NAS Oceana if Coming from Route #13-DELMARVA Peninsula
Follow Route 13 South through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Take first exit after tunnel and turn left onto Shore Drive/Route #60. Shore Drive will turn into Atlantic Avenue after passing Fort Story. Atlantic will fork to the left and Pacific Avenue will fork to the right after 45th St. - stay to the right on Pacific Avenue. Turn right onto 17th St. which will turn into Virginia Beach Blvd. Continue approximately three miles to NAS Oceana's Main Gate. Turn right onto Tomcat Blvd. which leads to the front gate.
On arrival to NAS Oceana, all personnel must proceed to the Quarterdeck, Tomcat Blvd, Building 230 (White House).