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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.

100825-N-2888Q-002 WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Sailors take cover during a combat skills scenario on board Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Cheatham Annex. 120418-N-YF306-389 YORKTOWN, Va. -- A crane moves a missile crate into the vertical launching system aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). 150911-N-XG464-067 YORKTOWN, Va. -- Sailors standby to raise the national ensign during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony. 150619-M-KS211-205 YORKTOWN, Va. – Marine Corps change of command ceremony on board Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. 150723-N-XX999-364 YORKTOWN, Va. -- A Sailor assigned to Naval Operations Support Center Akron fires at a target while conducting small arms live-fire qualifications. 140409-N-MW280-219 USS BATAAN, at sea -- Sailors man the NATO Sea Sparrow missile system control console in the combat information center aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5). 101001-N-3737T-232 YORKTOWN, Va. -- First responders participate in a simulated emergency services exercise on board Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. 150602-N-OA702-012 USS Mitscher, at sea -- 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. 141023-N-PK884-003 YORKTOWN, Va. -- A Sailor from Naval Weapons Station Yorktown responds to a simulated helicopter crash and fire on board Naval Weapons Station Yorktown during a regional training team exercise.
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