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Naval Air Station Oceana


Do you know what freedom sounds like? Anyone residing near Naval Air Station Oceana can certainly tell you. NAS Oceana is the Navy’s East Coast “Master Jet Base,” and a hive for F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets with eighteen Hornet squadrons. Over seven miles of runways are utilized by close to 15,000 military personnel to support Strike Fighter Aircraft Joint/Inter-Agency Operations.

The prime Virginia Beach coastline that NAS lies on was once a dismal, swampy marshland. The base began as an auxiliary airfield for the Norfolk area installations, but after World War II the small field expanded. In 1952, Naval Air Station Oceana was commissioned and has seen many improvements—most notably the arrival of jets in 1954.

Today, NAS Oceana occupies almost 6,000 acres and has 250 aircraft. Base housing is available, but you’ll likely be on a wait list. There are many privatized housing communities located throughout the Southside cities and a high inventory of homes are usually available for rent or sale. Virginia Beach is an enviable locale and military families flock from all over the Southside to live here. A knowledgeable real estate agent can be a huge help in this region.

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Base Location

Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
30 minutes
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF)
1 hour 
Richmond International Airport (RIC)
2 hours
971 Va Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Hours: M – Su: 0700 to 2359
Washington D.C. – 3 hours 45 minutes
Raleigh, NC – 3 hours 35 minutes
Philadelphia, PA – 6 hours 15 minutes


Because of the unpredictability of commuting via a bridge-tunnel, we’re going to advise that you avoid it. Most people try to live where they work, so if you’re stationed at a base on the Southside, you want to find a home on the Southside. In the table below we’ve indicated whether or not a commute would include a bridge-tunnel rather than giving a broad range of possible commute times. A jam or accident on one of the bridge-tunnels could leave you stuck for hours!

Virginia Beach 20 MINS
*25 MINS
Norfolk 35 MINS
*50 MINS
Portsmouth 35 MINS
*55 MINS
Chesapeake 40 MINS
*55 MINS
Suffolk 60 MINS
*80 MINS
Newport News

Impact of Peak Hours 6a – 9a | 4p – 7p

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