26 Jun 1898

United States
1 Mar 1901

Photo(s) dated 1 Mar 1901
Fitting-out basin, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 1 Mar 1901
2 Feb 1905

Photo(s) dated 2 Feb 1905
Machine shop, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 2 Feb 1905
23 Aug 1905

United States
14 Nov 1910

United States
  • The civilian pilot Eugene Ely, in a Curtiss aircraft powered by a 50-hp pusher engine, made the first take off from a ship, the cruiser USS Birmingham, which was at anchor in Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States; she was provided with a wooden ramp at the bow. Ely took off safely and landed at nearby Willoughby Spit; in time this promotional stunt would lead to the emergence of the US Naval Aviation service. ww2dbase [Virginia | AC]
10 Dec 1916

Photo(s) dated 10 Dec 1916
Battleship Pennsylvania in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 10 Dec 1916
16 Dec 1916

United States
4 Apr 1917

United States
  • USS Arizona arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States and joined US Navy Battleship Division 8. ww2dbase [Arizona | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
25 Aug 1917

United States
17 Nov 1917

Photo(s) dated 17 Nov 1917
Norfolk Navy Yard Drydock No. 4, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 17 Nov 1917
30 Dec 1917

United States
23 Jan 1919

United States
4 Feb 1919

United States
30 Apr 1919

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort arrived at Newport News, Virginia, United States aboard passenger ship Koningin der Nederlanden as a member of the crew. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Newport News, Virginia | CPC]
16 Jun 1919

United States Photo(s) dated 16 Jun 1919
Pump No. 1, Drydock No. 4, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 16 Jun 1919
16 Jul 1919

United States
  • USS New Mexico was made the flagship of the US Pacific Fleet while she was at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Hampton Roads, Virginia | CPC]
19 Jul 1919

United States
4 Dec 1919

United States
2 Mar 1931

Photo(s) dated 2 Mar 1931
USS Arizona upon completion of its modernization, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 2 Mar 1931, photo 1 of 2USS Arizona upon completion of its modernization, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 2 Mar 1931, photo 2 of 2
1 Aug 1931

United States
  • USS Arizona departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States for San Pedro, California, United States. ww2dbase [Arizona | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
15 Oct 1931

Photo(s) dated 15 Oct 1931
Suffern in Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 15 Oct 1931
25 Jun 1932

United States
  • Harold George was made the commanding officer of the 33rd Pursuit Squadron at Langley Field, Hampton, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Harold George | Hampton, Virginia | CPC]
30 Dec 1932

United States
  • While in Washington DC, United States, Joseph Rochefort was ordered to travel to Norfolk, Virginia, United States, where he would depart for the west coast of the United States for sea duty aboard USS Maryland. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
1 Feb 1933

United States
  • US Navy squadron VP-10 based at at Norfolk, Virginia, United States received the first delivery of P2Y-1 flying boat. ww2dbase [P2Y | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
25 Feb 1933

Photo(s) dated 25 Feb 1933
Launching of carrier Ranger, Newport News, Virginia, United States, 25 Feb 1933
25 Sep 1935

United States
  • The keel of destroyer Helm was laid down at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Helm | Portsmouth, Virginia | CPC]
4 Apr 1936

Photo(s) dated 4 Apr 1936
Eleanor Roosevelt at the launching ceremony of carrier Yorktown, Newport News, Virginia, United States, 4 Apr 1936
27 May 1937

United States
  • Helm was launched at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Helm | Portsmouth, Virginia | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 May 1937
Bagley-class destroyers Blue and Helm on 27 May 1937, the date of their launching, in Drydock #2 at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States.
30 Sep 1937

Photo(s) dated 30 Sep 1937
USS Yorktown (Yorktown-class) commissioning ceremonies taking place on the flight deck, Naval Operating Base Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 30 Sep 1937. Note destroyer USS Jacob Jones on the other side of the pier
16 Oct 1937

United States
30 Oct 1937

Photo(s) dated 30 Oct 1937
Carrier USS Yorktown anchored at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 30 Oct 1937


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Mahan-class destroyer USS Tucker leaving Norfolk Navy Yard after completion, 2 Mar 1937.
18 Jul 1938

United States
30 Jun 1939

United States
3 Jan 1940

United States
1 Feb 1940

United States Photo(s) dated 1 Feb 1940
Keel laying of battleship Alabama, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 1 Feb 1940
27 Feb 1940

United States
1 Mar 1940

United States
3 Apr 1940

Photo(s) dated 3 Apr 1940
Experimental A-17A aircraft at the National Advisory Committee for AeronauticsExperimental A-17A aircraft at the National Advisory Committee for AeronauticsExperimental A-17A aircraft at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
29 Jul 1940

United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, and House Naval Affairs Committee chairman Carl Vinson arrived at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, via presidential yacht Potomac, for an inspection. After the navy yard, they also visited US Army's Langley Field and the Newport News Ship Building and Drydock Company. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Franklin Roosevelt | Portsmouth, Virginia | CPC]
3 Sep 1940

United States
  • Light cruiser USS St. Louis departed Norfolk, Virginia with Rear Admiral John F. Greenslade on board, who was placed in charge to survey land recently gained from the United Kingdom for building military bases. ww2dbase [St. Louis | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
28 Apr 1941

United States
20 Jun 1941

United States
7 Jul 1941

United States
17 Jul 1941

United States
  • The US Congress held a hearing on the construction of a new building for the US War Department. ww2dbase [Pentagon | Arlington, Virginia | CPC]
28 Jul 1941

United States
  • The US Congress authorized funding for the construction of the future Pentagon building. ww2dbase [Pentagon | Arlington, Virginia | CPC]
2 Sep 1941

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt officially approved the site for the construction of the future Pentagon building. ww2dbase [Pentagon | Arlington, Virginia | CPC]
11 Sep 1941

United States
27 Oct 1941

Photo(s) dated 27 Oct 1941
Newly commissioned aircraft carrier USS Hornet (Yorktown-class) in Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 27 Oct 1941.
21 Nov 1941

Photo(s) dated 21 Nov 1941
Starboard bow view of HMS Indomitable at anchor off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 21 Nov 1941Starboard quarter view of HMS Indomitable at anchor off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 21 Nov 1941
1 Dec 1941

United States
  • US Marine Corps established a Marine Corps Air Station at Quantico, Virginia, United States under Major Ivan W. Miller (redesignated from Base Air Detachment 1, Marine Barracks). ww2dbase [Quantico Marine Corps Base | Quantico, Virginia | CPC]
  • The fourth Yorktown (CV-10) was laid down on at Newport News, Virginia, United States by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. as Bon Homme Richard. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Newport News, Virginia | DS]
16 Dec 1941

United States
31 Dec 1941

Photo(s) dated 31 Dec 1941
New Mexico at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 31 Dec 1941USS New Mexico, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 31 Dec 1941, photo 1 of 5USS New Mexico, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 31 Dec 1941, photo 2 of 5USS New Mexico, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 31 Dec 1941, photo 3 of 5
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2 Jan 1942

Photo(s) dated 2 Jan 1942
President Hayes and USS New Mexico at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 2 Jan 1942
6 Jan 1942

United States
8 Jan 1942

Photo(s) dated 8 Jan 1942
Wasp off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States following overhaul, 8 Jan 1942
3 Feb 1942

United States
  • German submarine U-103 sank Panamanian freighter San Gil 25 kilometers off Virginia, United States, killing 2 of 40 aboard. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | Virginia | CPC]
15 Feb 1942

Photo(s) dated 15 Feb 1942
Battleship Alabama being prepared for launching, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 15 Feb 1942
16 Feb 1942

United States
  • US tanker E. H. Blum struck a US naval mine and at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay just off Virginia, United States; she broke in half but all 40 aboard survived. The two pieces of the wreck would later be recovered and rejoined. ww2dbase [Virginia | CPC]
  • Battleship Alabama was launched at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, sponsored by Henrietta McCormick Hill, the wife of US Senator J. Lister Hill. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Alabama | Portsmouth, Virginia | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Feb 1942
Launching schedule for battleship Alabama, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 16 Feb 1942Henrietta McCormick Hill, wife of Alabama senator Lister Hill, christening battleship Alabama at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 16 Feb 1942Launching of battleship Alabama, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 16 Feb 1942Battleship Alabama just after launch, Norfolk Naval Shipayrd, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 16 Feb 1942, photo 1 of 2
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18 Feb 1942

United States
  • German submarine U-432 sank Brazilian tanker Olinda 30 kilometers off Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | Virginia | CPC]
12 Mar 1942

United States
  • In the morning, a US Coast Guard dispatch boat landed the 7 survivors of US steam merchant Caribsea, which had been sunk by German submarine U-158 on the previous day, at Little Creek Coast Guard Station in Virginia Beach, Virgina, United States, from where three injured survivors were taken to the Marine Hospital in nearby city of Norfolk. ww2dbase [Virginia Beach, Virginia | HM]
25 May 1942

United States
  • Andrew Higgins' landing craft competed with US Navy's standard landing craft in choppy waters at Norfolk, Virginia, United States; Higgins' boat defeated the US Navy boat in all categories. ww2dbase [Andrew Higgins | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
26 May 1942

Photo(s) dated 26 May 1942
Wasp in Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 26 May 1942
1 Jun 1942

United States
  • The design work for the Pentagon building was completed; meanwhile, construction had already been underway since 11 Sep 1941. ww2dbase [Pentagon | Arlington, Virginia | CPC]
3 Jun 1942

Photo(s) dated 3 Jun 1942
USS North Carolina off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 3 Jun 1942, photo 1 of 2USS North Carolina off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 3 Jun 1942, photo 2 of 2
10 Jun 1942

United States
  • Under the War Powers Act the US Army took possession of Arlington Hall, a former girls' school, in Virginia, United States as its base for the Signals Intelligence Service. During the war Arlington Hall would concentrate its efforts mainly on decrypting Japanese codes. ww2dbase [Arlington Hall | Arlington, Virginia | AC]
1 Jul 1942

Photo(s) dated 1 Jul 1942
Northwest side of the Pentagon building while under construction, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 1 Jul 1942
9 Jul 1942

United States
  • Survivors of German submarine U-701, sunk by a US Hudson aircraft two days prior off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States, were rescued by a US Navy flying boat; they were delivered to the naval hospital at Portsmouth, Virginia, United States for treatment. In the North Atlantic, U-172 sank US ship Santa Rita at 1624 hours; 4 were killed, 59 survived. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between Florida, United States and Morocco, U-66 sank Yugoslavian ship Triglav at 2042 hours; 24 were killed, 19 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | Portsmouth, Virginia | CPC]
18 Aug 1942

Photo(s) dated 18 Aug 1942
USS Ranger off Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 18 Aug 1942. Good view of Ranger’s unique stack arrangement, 3 on each side designed to rotate to an outward horizontal position for flight operations.
20 Aug 1942

Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1942
PT-109 stowed on board the Liberty Ship Joseph Stanton for transportation to the Pacific Ocean, Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, 20 Aug 1942, photo 1 of 2PT-109 stowed on board the Liberty Ship Joseph Stanton for transportation to the Pacific Ocean, Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, 20 Aug 1942, photo 2 of 2
26 Sep 1942

United States
15 Oct 1942

Photo(s) dated 15 Oct 1942
USS Ancon underway, off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 15 Oct 1942
25 Oct 1942

United States
8 Nov 1942

United States
  • USS Ancon arrived off Fehala, French Morocco and began disembarking invasion troops at about 0630 hours. During this day, she sent out boats to rescue survivors of sinking transports sunken by French coastal guns. ww2dbase [Ancon | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
9 Nov 1942

United States
30 Nov 1942

Photo(s) dated 30 Nov 1942
USS Alabama underway in Chesapeake Bay, United States, 30 Nov 1942
11 Dec 1942

United States
24 Dec 1942

Photo(s) dated 24 Dec 1942
General view of the speakers platform of the Pentagon building during the Christmas exercise, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 24 Dec 1942
31 Dec 1942

United States
15 Jan 1943

United States
  • The Pentagon, the new building in Virginia, United States and the future home of the US Department of War, was dedicated. ww2dbase [Pentagon | Arlington, Virginia | CPC]
21 Jan 1943

United States
1 Feb 1943

United States
  • The keel of CV-14, originally destined to be USS Hancock, was laid down at Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 1 Feb 1943
USS Essex at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 1 Feb 1943. Photo 1 of 2.USS Essex at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 1 Feb 1943. Photo 2 of 2.
7 Feb 1943

Photo(s) dated 7 Feb 1943
USS Alabama at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 7 Feb 1943
9 Feb 1943

Photo(s) dated 9 Feb 1943
F2A-2 Buffalo fighter at rest, NACA Langley Research Center, Hampton Virginia, United States, 9 Feb 1943
16 Feb 1943

United States
  • USS Ancon entered Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States to be converted to a combined headquarters and commications command ship. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Ancon | Portsmouth, Virginia | CPC]
26 Feb 1943

United States
  • USS Ancon's designation was officially changed from AP-66 to AGC-4 while undergoing conversion work at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Ancon | Portsmouth, Virginia | CPC]
15 Mar 1943

Photo(s) dated 15 Mar 1943
Battleship USS Texas off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 15 Mar 1943USS Essex leaving Norfolk, Virginia, United States, for shakedown exercises, 15 Mar 1943.
16 Mar 1943

Photo(s) dated 16 Mar 1943
This TBF-1 Avenger attempted to land on the carrier USS Charger but missed the arresting wires and ended up tangled in the port catwalk, Chesapeake Bay, United States, 16 Mar 1943. Note US Coast Guard boats alongside.
15 Apr 1943

United States Photo(s) dated 15 Apr 1943
The colors being hoisted for the first time aboard the USS Yorktown (Essex-class) during the ship’s commissioning ceremonies, 15 Apr 1943 at Norfolk, Virginia, United StatesPortside broadside view of USS Yorktown (Essex-class) at Newport News, Virginia, United States, on her way to her commissioning ceremonies at Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 Apr 1943
21 Apr 1943

United States
  • USS Ancon's conversion work from cargo-passenger ship to combined headquarters and communications ship was completed at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Ancon | Portsmouth, Virginia | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Apr 1943
USS Ancon, Portsmouth, Virginia, United Staes, 21 Apr 1943, photo 1 of 2USS Ancon, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 21 Apr 1943, photo 2 of 2
24 Apr 1943

Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1943
USS Ancon underway, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 24 Apr 1943
27 Apr 1943

Photo(s) dated 27 Apr 1943
USS Yorktown underway off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 27 Apr 1943; note Measure 21 camouflageOverhead view of USS Yorktown (Essex-class) at Newport News, Virginia, United States, 27 Apr 1943USS Yorktown (Essex-class) at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 27 Apr 1943USS Yorktown (Essex-class) at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 27 Apr 1943
1 May 1943

United States
8 May 1943

Photo(s) dated 8 May 1943
USS Ancon, Chesapeake Bay, United States, 8 May 1943
9 May 1943

Photo(s) dated 9 May 1943
Mother
10 May 1943

United States
  • The keel of carrier Randolph was laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company in Newport News, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Randolph | Newport News, Virginia | DS]
17 Jun 1943

United States
29 Jun 1943

United States
  • Carrier Randolph was launched at Newport News, Virginia, United States, sponsored by Rose Gillette, wife of Iowa Senator Guy M. Gillette. ww2dbase [Randolph | Newport News, Virginia | DS]
1 Jul 1943

United States Photo(s) dated 1 Jul 1943
USS Yorktown (Essex-class) at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 1 Jul 1943
6 Jul 1943

United States
23 Jul 1943

Photo(s) dated 23 Jul 1943
Heavy cruiser USS Chester shifting berths at Norfolk Navy Yard just after being floated out of drydock, 23 Jul 1943
31 Jul 1943

Photo(s) dated 31 Jul 1943
F4U-1 Corsair fighter at Langley Research Center at Hampton, Virginia, United States, 31 Jul 1943. Note the P-47 Thunderbolt on the taxi way behind the Corsair
9 Aug 1943

United States
19 Aug 1943

United States
20 Aug 1943

United States Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1943
South Dakota off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, 20 Aug 1943USS Alabama off Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia, United States, 20 Aug 1943, photo 1 of 4USS Alabama off Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia, United States, 20 Aug 1943, photo 2 of 4USS Alabama off Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia, United States, 20 Aug 1943, photo 3 of 4
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11 Sep 1943

Photo(s) dated 11 Sep 1943
USS Intrepid entering the deperming station at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 11 Sep 1943. Note the outline of the ship’s waterline painted on the flight deck. Photo 1 of 3.USS Intrepid entering the deperming station at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 11 Sep 1943. Note the outline of the ship’s waterline painted on the flight deck. Photo 2 of 3.USS Intrepid entering the deperming station at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 11 Sep 1943. Note the outline of the ship’s waterline painted on the flight deck. Photo 3 of 3.
6 Oct 1943

Photo(s) dated 6 Oct 1943
USS Langley underway off Cape Henry, Virginia, United States, 6 Oct 1943; note SNJ aircraft on flight deck
14 Oct 1943

Photo(s) dated 14 Oct 1943
US Marine Private Harry Weber in exercise with his pet fox Rusty, Quantico, Virginia, United States, 14 Oct 1943USS Franklin being floated out of drydock for the first time, Newport News, Virginia, United States, 14 Oct 1943. Note Navy WAVES on the dock; WAVES
25 Nov 1943

Photo(s) dated 25 Nov 1943
Broadside view of USS Intrepid off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 25 Nov 1943. Note the blank starboard side of the ship; later photos will show the addition of anti-aircraft gun sponsons.
19 Dec 1943

Photo(s) dated 19 Dec 1943
USS Hornet (Essex-class) laying off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 19 Dec 1943 shortly after commissioning showing off her MS33/3a paint scheme. Photo 1 of 4.USS Hornet (Essex-class) laying off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 19 Dec 1943 shortly after commissioning showing off her MS33/3a paint scheme. Photo 2 of 4.USS Hornet (Essex-class) laying off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 19 Dec 1943 shortly after commissioning showing off her MS33/3a paint scheme. Photo 3 of 4.USS Hornet (Essex-class) laying off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 19 Dec 1943 shortly after commissioning showing off her MS33/3a paint scheme. Photo 4 of 4.
26 Jan 1944

United States
31 Jan 1944

United States
7 Feb 1944

United States
14 Feb 1944

United States
21 Feb 1944

Photo(s) dated 21 Feb 1944
Franklin in the Elizabeth River, off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 21 Feb 1944, photo 2 of 4Franklin in the Elizabeth River, off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 21 Feb 1944, photo 3 of 4Franklin in the Elizabeth River, off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 21 Feb 1944, photo 1 of 4Franklin in the Elizabeth River, off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 21 Feb 1944, photo 4 of 4
30 Mar 1944

Photo(s) dated 30 Mar 1944
Bow on view of HMS Indomitable off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 30 Mar 1944Starboard bow view of HMS Indomitable off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 30 Mar 1944Starboard quarter view of HMS Indomitable off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 30 Mar 1944
22 Apr 1944

Photo(s) dated 22 Apr 1944
Port side view of Essex-class carrier Ticonderoga receiving final preparations at Newport News Naval Shipyard before being delivered to the US Navy, Newport News, Virginia, Untied States, Apr 22, 1944.
4 May 1944

Photo(s) dated 4 May 1944
Stern view of the carrier Franklin off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 4 May 1944USS Franklin at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 4 May 1944 shortly after her port side was repainted from Measure 32 Design 6a to Design 3a. Her starboard side remained Design 6a.
5 May 1944

United States
8 May 1944

United States Photo(s) dated 8 May 1944
Starboard side view of Essex-class carrier Ticonderoga being delivered to the US Navy on the morning of her commissioning, Hampton Roads, Virginia, Untied States, May 8, 1944.
12 May 1944

United States
15 May 1944

United States
  • Anti-submarine hunter-killer Task Group 22.3 departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States with Escort Carrier USS Guadalcanal as flagship and Captain Daniel V. Gallery in command. The remainder of the Task Group consisted of Destroyer Escorts, USS Pillsbury, USS Pope, USS Flaherty, USS Chatelain, and USS Jenks. ww2dbase [The Capture of the U-505 | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 15 May 1944
Escort Carrier USS Guadalcanal departing Norfolk, Virginia, United States to lead an anti-submarine hunter-killer group in the Atlantic, Capt Daniel V Gallery commanding. 15 May 1944
30 May 1944

Photo(s) dated 30 May 1944
Newly commissioned USS Ticonderoga moves down the Elizabeth River from the Norfolk Navy Yard to the deperming crib, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, May 30 1944; note camouflage Measure 33 Design 10AUSS Ticonderoga at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 30 May 1944; note camouflage Measure 33 Design 10AStarboard quarter view of USS Ticonderoga on the Elizabeth River, Portsmouth, Virginia, Untied States, May 30, 1944.
15 Jun 1944

United States
26 Jun 1944

United States Photo(s) dated 26 Jun 1944
USS Ticonderoga off Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 26 Jun 1944. Two months later, the flight deck would be extended 11-feet to nearly cover the forward 40mm anti-aircraft mounts.
7 Jul 1944

United States
  • USS Wisconsin departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States for Trinidad in the British West Indies. ww2dbase [Wisconsin | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
10 Jul 1944

Photo(s) dated 10 Jul 1944
Double stacked Jeeps packed for transport on Liberty Ship SS Esek Hopkins, Pier 2, Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, Jul 10, 1944
21 Jul 1944

United States
22 Jul 1944

United States
  • USS Ticonderoga began her first overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. Her flight deck was to be reconfigured to add 11 feet forward and 7 feet aft, and her anti-aircraft directors were to be repositioned. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Ticonderoga | Portsmouth, Virginia | DS]
15 Aug 1944

United States
19 Aug 1944

Photo(s) dated 19 Aug 1944
WAVES personnel at the bow of Missouri, Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, during her shakedown period, 19 Aug 1944WAVES Yeoman Second Class Blanche Oswald and Yeoman Third Class Betty Martin in a 5in twin gun turret aboard Missouri, Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, 19 Aug 1944WAVES Yeoman Third Class Betty Martin exiting the rear door of a 5in twin gun turret aboard Missouri, Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, during her shakedown period, 19 Aug 1944WAVES Yeoman Second Class Blanche Oswald and Yeoman Third Class Betty Martin aboard USS Missouri, Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, 19 Aug 1944. Note USS Alaska and escort carrier USS Croatan.
25 Aug 1944

United States
27 Aug 1944

United States
29 Aug 1944

United States
  • USS Wake Island departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States for Quonset Point, Rhode Island, United States. ww2dbase [Wake Island | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
30 Aug 1944

United States
26 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 26 Sep 1944
United States Coast Guard cutter Spencer after her conversion to an Amphibious Force Flagship, Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 26 Sep 1944
27 Oct 1944

United States
  • USS Shamrock Bay arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, completing her second ferrying mission across the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
1 Nov 1944

United States
9 Nov 1944

Photo(s) dated 9 Nov 1944
USS Wake Island underway in Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 9 Nov 1944, photo 1 of 2; note Camouflage Measure 33, Design 10AUSS Wake Island underway in Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 9 Nov 1944, photo 2 of 2; note Camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A
11 Nov 1944

United States
12 Nov 1944

Photo(s) dated 12 Nov 1944
USS Randolph in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, United States during her shakedown period, 12 Nov 1944. Note camouflage Measure 32 Design 17a. Photographed from escort carrier USS Charger.
14 Dec 1944

United States
4 Jan 1945

Photo(s) dated 4 Jan 1945
DeHavilland Mosquito F8 in United States service with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) at the Langley Research Center, Virginia, United States, 4 Jan 1945.
27 Feb 1945

United States
18 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 18 Jun 1945
General Dwight Eisenhower and General George Marshall, Washington National Airport, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 18 Jun 1945
29 Aug 1945

Photo(s) dated 29 Aug 1945
USS Natoma Bay and USS Anzio at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 29 Aug 1947
16 Nov 1945

United States
29 Nov 1945

United States
18 Jan 1946

United States
  • USS Wisconsin arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Wisconsin | Virginia | CPC]
28 Mar 1946

Photo(s) dated 28 Mar 1946
Chief of Naval Operations Chester Nimitz and Chief of Staff Dwight Eisenhower toast each other with mint juleps after receiving honorary degrees as Doctors of Law from the University of Richmond, Virginia, 28 Mar 1946.
24 Apr 1946

Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1946
Fleet Admiral Nimitz, Fleet Admiral Leahy, President Truman, and Vice Admiral Mitscher aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt during maneuvers off the Virginia Capes, United States, 24 Apr 1946
19 Sep 1946

Photo(s) dated 19 Sep 1946
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and General Dwight Eisenhower sharing a laugh at Fort Myer, Virginia, during Monty’s visit to the United States, 19 Sep 1946.
8 Nov 1946

United States
2 Dec 1946

United States
  • USS Wisconsin arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Wisconsin | Virginia | CPC]
7 Sep 1947

United States
  • USS Missouri arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, disembarking US President Harry Truman. ww2dbase [Missouri | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
7 Feb 1948

Photo(s) dated 7 Feb 1948
General Dwight Eisenhower swearing General Omar Bradley into office as Chief of Staff of the US Army, Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 7 Feb 1948, photo 1 of 3; note US President Harry Truman and Secretary of Army Kenneth Royall in backgroundUS President Harry Truman awarding General Dwight Eisenhower the third Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Service Medal, Pentagon, Virginia, United States, 7 Feb 1948, photo 1 of 2US President Harry Truman awarding General Dwight Eisenhower the third Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Service Medal, Pentagon, Virginia, United States, 7 Feb 1948, photo 2 of 2US President Harry Truman, General Dwight Eisenhower, and General Omar Bradley at the Pentagon building moment after Bradley had been sworn in as the Chief of Staff of the US Army, Virginia, United States, 7 Feb 1948
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22 Nov 1949

Photo(s) dated 22 Nov 1949
Omar Bradley, Hoyt Vandenberg, Lawton Collins, and Forrest Sherman at a US Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting at the Pentagon building, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 22 Nov 1949
17 Jan 1950

United States
15 Jun 1950

Photo(s) dated 15 Jun 1950
F4U Corsair fighter firing rockets, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, United States, United States, 15 Jun 1950; this was part of the review held for US President Harry Truman
2 Jan 1951

United States
27 Apr 1951

United States
25 Jul 1951

Photo(s) dated 25 Jul 1951
Senior US military officers saluting as Forrest Sherman
18 Oct 1951

United States
30 Mar 1952

United States
4 Aug 1952

United States
13 Oct 1952

United States
4 May 1953

United States
16 Sep 1953

United States
26 May 1954

United States
  • USS Ray arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States and was detached from the US Navy 6th Fleet. ww2dbase [Ray | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
7 Jun 1954

Photo(s) dated 7 Jun 1954
USS Iowa (foreground), USS Wisconsin, USS Missouri, and USS New Jersey (background) off the Virginia Capes, Virginia, United States, 7 Jun 1954
11 Jun 1954

United States
12 Jul 1954

United States
4 Jan 1957

United States
  • USS Iowa departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States for the Mediterranean Sea. ww2dbase [Iowa | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
6 Apr 1957

United States
12 Jun 1957

Photo(s) dated 12 Jun 1957
Canberra, Boston, and Northampton sailing during the International Naval Review, Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 12 Jun 1957Canberra moving into position for the International Naval Review, in Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, 12 Jun 1957
13 Jun 1957

United States
  • USS Iowa participated in the international naval review at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Iowa | Hampton Roads, Virginia | CPC]
28 Sep 1957

United States
22 Oct 1957

United States
23 May 1958

Photo(s) dated 23 May 1958
Admiral Burke in his Pentagon office, posing with the
7 Oct 1958

United States
6 Feb 1960

United States
10 Feb 1960

Photo(s) dated 10 Feb 1960
General Lemnitzer, Admiral Burke, General Twining, General White, and General Shoup in meeting with other US military leaders at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 10 Feb 1960
9 Jun 1961

United States
29 Jan 1962

Photo(s) dated 29 Jan 1962
Lewis Puller at Christ Church, Saluda, Virginia, United States, 29 Jan 1962
28 Feb 1964

Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1964
NATO Military Committee chairman General Heusinger meeting with US Secretary of Defense McNamara at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 28 Feb 1964
10 Apr 1964

United States
11 Apr 1964

United States
  • At 0700 hours, public visitation of Douglas MacArthur's casket ceased; between 1800 hours on 9 Apr and this time, 62,000 people filed past the bier. At 0930 hours, the last ceremony was held for MacArthur at the rotunda of what was to become the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. The final act of national mourning took place at sunset when a battery at nearby Fort Monroe fired a 19-gun salute. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
25 Sep 1967

Photo(s) dated 25 Sep 1967
Corona satellite image of the Pentagon building, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 25 Sep 1967
20 Jun 1968

United States
10 Nov 1969

Photo(s) dated 10 Nov 1969
Lewis Puller at the US Marine Corps birthday celebration, Quantico, Virginia, United States, 10 Nov 1969, photo 1 of 5Lewis Puller at the US Marine Corps birthday celebration, Quantico, Virginia, United States, 10 Nov 1969, photo 2 of 5Lewis Puller at the US Marine Corps birthday celebration, Quantico, Virginia, United States, 10 Nov 1969, photo 3 of 5Lewis Puller at the US Marine Corps birthday celebration, Quantico, Virginia, United States, 10 Nov 1969, photo 4 of 5
See all photos dated 10 Nov 1969
22 Nov 1969

United States
  • USS Wasp departed the Virginia Capes area on the east coast of the United States. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Virginia | CPC]
16 Sep 1971

United States
11 Oct 1971

United States
22 Nov 1971

United States
20 Dec 1975

United States
1 Jan 1977

United States
  • The United States Army Intelligence and Security Command was created with its headquarters at Arlington Hall, Arlington, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Arlington Hall | Arlington, Virginia | CPC]
3 Mar 1981

United States
1 Dec 1984

Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1984
Bathtub installed aboard USS Iowa for US President Franklin Roosevelt
15 Dec 1984

Photo(s) dated 15 Dec 1984
USS Iowa decorated for the Christmas holiday, Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 15 Dec 1984
26 Jun 1986

Photo(s) dated 26 Jun 1986
US Navy Chiefs of Naval Operations: Holloway, Trost, Carney, Hayward, Watkins, Anderson, Zumwalt, McDonald, Burke, and Moorer at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 26 Jun 1986
10 Mar 1988

United States
19 Oct 1990

Photo(s) dated 19 Oct 1990
US Navy Chiefs of Naval Operations: Trost, Hayward, Zumwalt, Burke, Kelso, Moorer, Holloway, and Watkins at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 19 Oct 1990
26 Oct 1990

Photo(s) dated 26 Oct 1990
Decommissioning of USS Missouri at Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 26 Oct 1990; note USS Theodore Roosevelt in background
1 Jan 1992

United States
15 Oct 1996

United States
7 Dec 2000

United States
16 Apr 2001

United States
  • Battleship Wisconsin hosted tourists for the first time at Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Wisconsin | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
17 Mar 2006

United States
  • Already a museum ship at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, battleship Wisconsin was removed from the US Navy reserve fleet roster. ww2dbase [Wisconsin | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
15 Jan 2007

Photo(s) dated 15 Jan 2007
Suspended Corsair in the Leatherneck Gallery at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, United States, 15 Jan 2007, photo 1 of 3Suspended Corsair in the Leatherneck Gallery at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, United States, 15 Jan 2007, photo 2 of 3Suspended Corsair in the Leatherneck Gallery at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, United States, 15 Jan 2007, photo 3 of 3Tarawa display in the Leatherneck Gallery at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, United States, 15 Jan 2007, photo 1 of 2
See all photos dated 15 Jan 2007
8 Mar 2011

United States
  • A surviving example of a JRS-1 flying boat, in the possession of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, was moved from the Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland, United States to the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [S-43 | Chantilly, Virginia | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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