Home To The Largest Naval Station In The World
The Hampton Roads area is home to one of the world’s largest populations of military personnel, with approximately 83,000 active duty military personnel.
Direct economic impact of the Navy in the region exceeds $13.4 billion per year. Also, $21.5 Billion of direct DoD Spending were recorded in 2018. The military currently has 64 ships homeported in the area and 36 aircraft squadrons. They also have a variety of Navy Special Forces and support units. Norfolk celebrated the 100th anniversary of Norfolk’s Naval Base in 2017.
The Navy has awarded a $15.2 billion contract for the construction of two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers to Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in 2019. The ships are scheduled to be delivered in 2028 and 2032.
NATO – Norfolk Is The Only Home In North America
Norfolk is home to the Allied Command Transformation, the only NATO headquarters in North America, which is an essential symbol and instrument of the Trans-Atlantic link. Allied Command Transformation concentrates on Warfare Development and it is about adapting NATO’s military capacity to the constantly changing environment. In 2018, NATO approved the addition of a Joint Force Command in Norfolk.