Installation Info: Zip Code: 23505, Area Code: 757, DSN: 564
Norfolk Naval Station, the world's largest, occupies more than 8,000 acres on Sewell's Point peninsula where the James River flows into Chesapeake Bay. If one counts supported military population, it is the largest military facility in the world. The Navy's newest nuclear-powered carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman, berths in Norfolk as do more than 115 other cruisers, destroyers, frigates and submarines.
Seven branch clinics provide medical and dental services. Other care is available at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center.
For recreation, Norfolk Naval Station provides movie theaters, swimming pools, gyms, bowling alleys and golf courses. Residents enjoy fishing, sailing and picnicking. South of the base, Dismal Swamp offers opportunities for adventurous hunters and hikers. History buffs will enjoy historical Williamsburg, a re-created colonial village, only 45 miles away. For the sports fan, the area is home to the Hampton Roads Admirals, a minor-league hockey team, and the Hampton Roads Mariners, a minor-league soccer team.