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Naval Air Station Oceana is a military base located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. One of its airfields is named Apollo Soucek Field, named in honor of Lieutenant Apollo Soucek who served as a Navy Test Pilot in the 1930s. It was built in 1943 and by the 1950s, it was expanded to Master Jet Base status.


The primary mission of Naval Air Station Oceana is to train and deploy the strike fighter squadrons of the Atlantic Fleet. This includes fighter squadrons of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. The facility supports up to 219,000 flight training operations annually.


The Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress located in Chesapeake, Virginia and the Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field in Norfolk, Virginia are under the command of Naval Air Station Oceana.

Oceana Naval Air Station


NAS Oceana the second largest employer in Virginia Beach. It supports the Navy’s Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Force of Strike-Fighter Aircraft & Joint/Inter-Agency Operations. Together with Dam Neck the base has about 10,500 active Navy personnel, about 10,000 family members and 4,500 civilian personnel.


Naval Air Station Oceana is the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, home to the F/A-18 Hornets and the largest Fleet Replacement Squadron, VFA-106. It’s primary mission is to serve 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.


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. NAS Oceana averages one take off or landing every two minutes for an average of 325,000 flight operations per year.



1750 Tomcat Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23460