The largest Navy base in the world is located in Norfolk, VA
The Huntington Ingall Ingalls/Newport News Shipyard is the largest shipbuilding company in the United States. It serves as the sole provider of U.S Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S Navy submarines. It employs more than 20,000 individuals and has built over 800 ships using state-of-the-art engineering.
Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval complex, supports the operational readiness of the US Atlantic Fleet. It is home to 75 ships and 134 aircraft alongside 14 piers and 11 aircraft hangers. Naval Station Norfolk is home to Commander, Naval Air Force, US Atlantic Fleet, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic as well as the Defense Department’s largest supply center.
Founded in Portsmouth, VA in 1767, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, is the U.S. Navy’s oldest shipyard and is often credited with being the birthplace of naval technology. It is also the largest and most multifaceted industrial facility owned by the U.S. Navy.
The Port of Virginia is the 3rd busiest port on the East Coast of the United States, processing 2.80 million TEUs annually. It has a depth of 50 feet, which will soon be expanded to 55 feet by 2024, making it the deepest channel on the East Coast. Nearly 30 international shipping lines offer direct, dedicated service to and from Virginia, with connections to 200+ countries around the world. In an average week, more than 40 international containers, breakbulk and roll-on / roll-off vessels are serviced at its marine terminals.
Assemblers and Fabricators
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
Crane and Tower Operators
First-line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine / Vehicle Operators
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
The Apprentice School, founded in 1919 at Newport News Shipbuilding, is the preeminent apprenticeship program in the nation and offers four, five, and eight-year apprenticeships in 19 shipbuilding disciplines and eight advanced programs of study. The Apprentice School is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education and registered with the Virginia Apprenticeship Council. The school offers apprentices the opportunity to earn college credit, receive competitive pay and benefits and learn a trade.