100 Years of Norfolk Naval Station


WHEREAS, on June 28, 1917, the President of the United States issued a proclamation to purchase the former Jamestown Exposition site along with additional land for use as a Naval Operating Base; and

WHEREAS, when Naval Operating Base, Hampton Roads Virginia was established, it consisted of Fifth Naval District Headquarters, Naval Training Station, Naval Air Station, Submarine Station, and Naval Hospital; and

WHEREAS, the Naval Operating Base and Naval Air Station continued their significant role as the home of the Atlantic Fleet until after WWII, and in 1945, Naval Operating Base Norfolk was renamed Naval Station Norfolk as part of an effort to standardize base names; and

WHEREAS, in 1999, Naval Air Station Norfolk and Naval Station Norfolk merged into a single installation called Naval Station Norfolk; and

WHEREAS, Naval Station Norfolk is currently the largest naval station in the world and supports the operational readiness of the United States Atlantic Fleet, providing facilities and services to enable mission accomplishment; and

WHEREAS, Naval Station Norfolk is committed to safety, security, and continuous improvement in quality of life and quality of service for sailors and their families; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia joins Naval Station Norfolk in celebrating 100 years of service;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize 100 YEARS OF NORFOLK NAVAL STATION in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.