Experience 12 of 52: Naval Station Norfolk

Naval Station Norfolk provides facilities and services to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.  We visited the Naval Station with LTJG Rebecca Anderson who is stationed nearby and works at Naval Station Oceana (a future post covers a tour of this base).  During the tour we were able to get up close with several Destroyers and Amphibious Assault ships.  An Aircraft Carrier was on its way into port but we missed touring it due to time considerations.

We learned the following:

  • Amphibious Assault ships have a hull designator beginning with LH
  • Destroyers often act as parts of carrier strike groups and are used for both offensive and defensive actions
  • Destroyers have a hull designator beginning with DD
  • The United States Merchant Marines is a civilian organization that engages in the transportation of cargo or passengers for the U.S. Military.

Because we had an escort we were able to take a tour of Naval Station Norfolk.  I am unaware if tours or visitors are permitted without an escort.

Time Spent: About 1 hour
Cost: Free

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