Updated On: 6/17/2013 9:16:38 AM
Welcome to Naval Air Station Oceana and Dam Neck Annex. We take pride in providing outstanding service to all newcomers. Whatever your status — military, family member, DOD employee, student or retiree — we are committed to providing you the highest quality programs, facilities and services available.
As one of the finest Master Jet Bases in the Navy, NAS Oceana serves as East Coast home port for five Carrier Air Wings and 16 F/A-18 Strike Fighter Squadrons which serve as tip of the spear for American forces when deployed aboard U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers. Nearly every organization at Oceana either directly or indirectly supports these deployable units.
In addition to the Strike Fighter Wing, shore units include a Strike Fighter Weapons School for F/A-18 aircrew members, a Fleet Readiness Center devoted to the maintenance of Naval aircraft, an F/A-18 training squadron for newly-winged pilots and Naval Flight Officers, and a composite F/A-18 squadron that conducts air combat maneuvering training. Oceana is also a center for maintenance training, and is home for a Fleet Logistics C-40 cargo squadron.
Dam Neck Annex is home for approximately 20 tenant commands, primarily focused on Navy Fleet training and support activities. As a Navy center of training excellence, Dam Neck Annex organizations are responsible for establishing and maintaining numerous Navy training programs, as well as hosting approximately 16,000 students annually.
Together, Naval Air Station Oceana and Dam Neck Annex are the largest employer in Virginia Beach with nearly 15,000 employees — 10,500 military members and 4,500 DOD and contractor personnel. In addition, the two bases host nearly 20,000 students annually.
We are pleased to have you join our team. Because of its ideal location and beautiful year round climate, you’ll find Virginia Beach offers something for everyone. The people are friendly, helpful and glad to have you join their community.
Throughout the Hampton Roads area, you will be treated with warm hospitality.
Members of the Oceana and Dam Neck team are proud of who they are and what they do for the Navy and Nation. As a new member of this elite organization, you will find your tour here both challenging and rewarding.
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Through the post-World War II years, the little station that started in an inaccessible area of Oceana grew with Naval Aviation. Initially commissioned as Naval Auxiliary Air Station Oceana Aug. 17, 1943, the need for more runways and training grew so quickly, that by 1952, Oceana had become too large to work as a subordinate to other air stations in the area. Captain Whitmore Butts assumed command in March 1952 and on April 1, 1952; the Secretary of the Navy changed the station’s designation to Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana.
To meet its mission of service to the fleet, which remains the command’s mission, Oceana grew at a slow but fruitful pace. On Aug. 24, 1952, ground was broken for the relocation of the air station on the south side of the field where it is today. It was the beginning of the end for old north station. Today all that remains are a couple of Quonset huts.
With the introduction of jets to the Navy’s arsenal, the isolated location of Oceana and its long runways made it well suited for the servicing of this type of aircraft. Oceana became the center of jet traffic in the Tidewater area.
Plans for the ultimate development of the master jet base concept were put into full force during 1953, as numerous contracts were awarded for the erection of buildings on the south side. Contracts were awarded for the construction of a hangar, parachute loft, administration building, line shacks, crash and salvage building, magazines, supply facilities, transportation garage, operations building, heating plant, infirmary, galley, high speed jet refueling pits and an enlisted man’s club.
Naval Air Station Oceana has the longest runways in the Hampton Roads area. Therefore, it is capable of handling emergency traffic during periods of extremely inclement weather. The station has, at various times during the 1950s, been the only field open between Charleston, S.C. and Dover, Del.
Dedication ceremonies were held on June 4, 1957, naming the field after Vice Admiral Apollo Soucek. Soucek was noted for setting three world altitude records in the 1930s.
On April 26, 1961, the first squadron of F-4B Phantom IIs landed at Oceana. The event marked the introduction of the F4-B to the East Coast for the purposes of fleet training and operation.
The A-6A Intruder was accepted for the Navy during an Oceana ceremony in February 1963. Attack Squadron Forty-Two (VA-42) was the first Atlantic fleet squadron to receive the Intruder. The last Intruder squadron, Attack Squadron Seventy Five (VA-75) was disestablished in February 1997.
Aircraft from Oceana maintained a continuous involvement in the Vietnam War, beginning the early months of 1965. The Norfolk-based aircraft carrier, USS Independence (CVA 62) was first to deploy with Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) with Attack Squadron Seventy-Five (VA-75) and Eighty-Four (VA-84) from Oceana.
As Oceana entered the decade of the 1970s, the total plant value was more than $90 million. The annual payroll exceeded $53 million. Oceana’s total Navy community, including family members, numbered approximately 18,000.
In 1972, initial logistic support planning for the introduction of the F-14 Tomcat began. In September 1974, Hangar 404 was completed at a cost of more than $5 million. The two Tomcat squadrons, VF-14 and VF-32, were the first to occupy hangar spaces. In April 1976, an F-14 Replacement Air Group (RAG) squadron, Fighter Squadron One-Hundred-One (VF-101), was established to train aviators transitioning into the Tomcat. The F/A-18 Hornets arrived from Cecil Field, Fla. in 1998 and 1999. The last Tomcat squadron, VF-31, transitioned to the F/A-18E Super Hornet in September 2006.
Today NAS Oceana operates 18 F/A-18 Hornet squadrons, including Fleet Composite Squadron Twelve (VFC-12), a squadron that performs air combat maneuvering training. The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Oceana trains highly qualified maintenance technicians for the squadrons. NAS Oceana is also the home of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Six (VR-56).
As Oceana moves into its 69th year, the base’s annual payroll will exceed $761 million. An additional $400 million of goods and services is provided, with a total economic impact of approximately $1.3 billion. The station is located on 5,916 acres, has 317 aircraft and buildings valued at $823 million in plant replacement value. The total Navy community, including family members, numbers approximately 20,000 people. NAS Oceana is the largest employer in Virginia Beach.