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Naval Air Station Oceana

Naval Air Station Oceana

Naval Air Station Oceana is located at 1750 Tomcat Boulevard, in the heart of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The base is home to the Navy’s Pacific and Atlantic Fleet Force which is comprised of Strike-Fighter Aircraft and Joint/Inter-Agency Operations. Oceana is actually the largest employer in the greater Virginia Beach area. There are approximately 10,500 active personnel, 4,500 civilian employees, and 10,000 dependant family members associated with the base. The station encompasses 5,916 acres, houses over 250 aircraft, and owns property valued at approximately $823 million. 

The primary mission of Oceana is the serve as a shore based readiness integrator. Responsibilities include providing facilities, personnel, and equipment in support of shore based readiness and maintaining operational access of local forces. Oceana is also the Navy’s Master Jet Base for the east coast. It is home to the F/A-18 Hornets and the VFA-106, the Navy’s largest Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Oceana began as a small airfield in 1940. It was built on remote swamp land that was too remote for civilians but perfectly positioned for the Navy. In 1943, during World War II, Congress approved plans to expand the airfield and commissioned the facility as a Naval Auxiliary Air Station. The air station continued to grow after the war, and as of 1952 earned the distinction of a Naval Air Station. Oceana has been home to almost the full gamut of Naval aircraft over its history. 

Today Oceana is an important and integral part of the Virginia Beach community.

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