Almost without exception, the U.S. Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Home to the Navy’s most advanced aircraft, including 18 squadrons of the Navy’s most advanced attack/fighter aircraft. NAS Oceana serves as a shore-based readiness integrator, providing the facilities, equipment and personnel to support shored-based readiness, total force readiness and maintain operational access of Oceana-based forces.
A ONCE-REMOTE AUXILIARY AIR STATION THAT SPRUNG FROM THE MUD FLATS OF OLD PRINCESS ANNE COUNTY NEAR THE WHISTLE STOP OF OCEANA, FROM WHICH IT GETS ITS NAME, NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA HAS ADVANCED IN THE DECADES SINCE WORLD WAR II TO BECOME THE NAVY’S EAST COAST MASTER JET BASE AND ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST ADVANCED AIR STATIONS IN THE WORLD.
Oceana was commissioned in August of 1943, at the height of World War II. Since that time, the NAS Oceana has seen numerous expansions and updates to its runways and personnel facilities. Beginning with just 328 acres, when the U.S. government first purchased the land that would become NAS Oceana, the complex now sits on nearly 6,000 acres with more than seven miles of runways and the latest equipment to support eighteen Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons. Sixteen squadrons deploy on carriers into combat and two are permanently based at NAS Oceana, including the adversary squadron. Routinely, two-thirds of this complement is “working up” on carriers off the coast or deployed at NAS Fallon for live air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons training. Typically, an air wing overseas deployment lasts six to seven months. Additionally, Oceana’s Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Units trains maintenance technicians for the squadrons. NAS Oceana is also the home of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Six (VR-56).
NAS Oceana, including Dam Neck Annex, has about 14,600 active Navy and 2000 civilian personnel, is the second largest employer in Virginia Beach, and contributes more than a $1 billion in payroll and more than $400 million in goods and services to the local economy each year.
NAS Oceana’s contributions to our nation and the surrounding community can not be overstated. Therefore we celebrate the 75th anniversary of NAS Oceana and the men and women who have served and continue to serve at this storied “Master Jet Base.”