Naval Air Station Oceana
Our mission is to support the Navy's Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Force of Strike-Fighter Aircraft & Joint/Inter-Agency Operations.
Naval Air Station Oceana is the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, home to the F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. The primary mission of the Naval Air Station Oceana is 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.
The base, including Dam Neck Annex, has about 10,500 active Navy personnel, about 10,000 family members and 4,500 civilian personnel, making NAS Oceana the second largest employer in Virginia Beach after JEB Little Creek/Fort Story. Oceana also hosts the largest Fleet Replacement Squadron, VFA-106, with about 1500 personnel assigned.
Oceana is home to eighteen Hornet and Super Hornet squadrons. Sixteen squadrons deploy on carriers into combat and two are permanently based at Oceana, including the adversary squadron. Routinely, two-thirds of this complement is “working up” on carriers off the coast or deployed at NAS Fallon, Nevada for live air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons training. Typically, an air wing overseas deployment lasts six to seven months. NAS Oceana averages one take off or landing every two minutes for an average of 325,000 flight operations per year.