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Naval Station Norfolk is the world’s largest naval station, supporting the Navy ships, submarines, and aircraft of the US Fleet Forces Command with a multitude of facilities and services. This shore establishment, located on the historic harbor of Hampton Roads, has remained vital to the Navy since its foundation in 1917. Once established, the naval station focused on serving the fleet in four areas: aviation, recruit training, a submarine base, and a supply base. Men and women of the station continued to work on these and other activities through the pressures of World War I, the Depression, World War II, and wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. They made sure that ships and aircraft were successfully deployed to the far reaches of the globethe nation’s indispensable response to international conflicts. Nowadays, the station is the hub for Navy logistics supporting the defense of the entire Atlantic area, from the North Pole to the South Pole.
About the Author
The Hampton Roads Naval Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving the naval heritage of Hampton Roads. For this book, the foundation has selected images from the museum’s archives that document the growth and development of the naval station over 100 years.
Table of Contents
1 Before the Navy 9
2 Beginnings 15
3 Taking Flight 33
4 Peacetime Changes 45
5 A Decade of Shadows 57
6 World War II on the Naval Station 67
7 World War II and the Naval Air Station 83
8 Without Us, They Don't Fly 95
9 Into a Cold War 101
10 Service to the Fleet 121