05B4 Naval Weapons Station Yorktown
Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Collage

Welcome to Naval Weapons Station Yorktown

The land of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown is rich in colonial history. The station sits amidst a setting of natural beauty surrounded by the distant echo of the first settlers in Virginia and the battle cries of the Revolutionary War. The site of the weapons station was acquired for the Navy by a presidential proclamation on August 7, 1918, and was at the time the largest naval installation in the world, its land area covering about twenty square miles. In 1932, the Navy Mine Depot became the Naval Mine Depot in recognition of expanded ordnance support. Then, on August 7, 1958, on the Station’s 40th anniversary, the name was changed to Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, again in recognition of a much expanded mission for naval ordnance. Today, the installation and its tenant commands continue to provide critical fleet ordnance support for the Navy.

Installation Information

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown hosts 37 tenant commands which include the Navy Munitions Command Atlantic, the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity, the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, Fleet Industrial Supply Center, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Naval Expeditionary Medical Support Command, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One and 19 departments.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Aug. 25, 2010) Capt. Grafton Chase, right, commander of Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Lima rotation, takes cover during a combat skills scenario. Lima rotation is engaged in intensive training at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Cheatham Annex, to prepare for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Lucy M. Quinn/Released)
YORKTOWN, Va. (April 18, 2012) A crane moves a missile crate into the vertical launching system aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). Winston S. Churchill is preparing to deploy to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase/Released)
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YORKTOWN, Va. (Sept. 11, 2015) Gunner's Mate 1st Class Michael Tschauder, left, and Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Diane Bullock, both assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), standby to raise the national ensign during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony. Carney is the fourth Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be forward deployed to Rota, Spain, to serve as part of the President's European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defense in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan B. Trejo/Released) Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, VA - The Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. John M. Paxton, Jr., not shown, attends the change of command ceremony for Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Va., June 19, 2015. During the ceremony Col. James M. Bright passed command to Col. John W. Evans, Jr. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tia Dufour/Released) 150723-N-XX999-364
YORKTOWN, Va. (July 23, 2015) A Sailor assigned to Naval Operations Support Center Akron fires at a target while conducting small arms live-fire qualifications. Sailors from Naval Operational Support Center Akron are conducting their required annual training for the U.S. Navy Reserve aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Kearns/Released) 140409-N-MW280-219
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 9, 2014) Fire Controlman 3rd Class Matthew Dawson, from San Diego, and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Samuel Johnson, from Yorktown, Va., man the NATO Sea Sparrow missile system control console in the combat information center aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chase Hawley/Released)
YORKTOWN, Va. (Oct. 1, 2010) First responders attend to Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jamie Moreira who played the role of helicopter crash survivor during an emergency services exercise at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. The exercise was conducted as part of an ongoing effort to increase efficient and effective communication between Naval Weapons Station Yorktown first responders and local counterparts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Tretter/Released)  
VIRGINIA CAPES (June 2, 2015) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), right, provides a warm welcome to the French tall ship replica the Hermione in the vicinity of the Battle of Virginia Capes off the East Coast of the United States. The original Hermione brought French General Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780 to inform General Washington of France's alliance and impending support of the American Revolutionary War. The symbolic return of the Hermione will pay homage to Lafayette and the Franco-American alliance that brought victory at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. The Hermione will visit Yorktown, Va. June 5 and then continue up the east coast visiting cities of Franco-American historical significance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Sandberg/Released)
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