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]
23 Jan 1919

United States
4 Feb 1919

United States
4 Dec 1919

United States
1 Aug 1931

United States
  • USS Arizona departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States for San Pedro, California, United States. ww2dbase [Arizona | Norfolk, 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]
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
18 Jul 1938

United States
23 Jun 1939

United States
3 Jan 1940

United States
27 Feb 1940

United States
1 Mar 1940

United States
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]
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
16 Dec 1941

United States
6 Jan 1942

United States
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]
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
11 Dec 1942

United States
21 Jan 1943

United States
1 Feb 1943

United States
4 Feb 1943

United States
5 Mar 1943

United States
15 Mar 1943

Photo(s) dated 15 Mar 1943
Battleship USS Texas off Norfolk, Virginia, United States, 15 Mar 1943
26 Mar 1943

Photo(s) dated 26 Mar 1943
Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Card at Norfolk Navy Yard, 26 Mar 1943. Note that she is now painted in Measure 22.
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 States
17 Apr 1943

Photo(s) dated 17 Apr 1943
Change of Command ceremony aboard USS Card, Captain Arnold J. “Buster” Isbell, left, relieved Captain James Sykes at Norfolk, Virginia, 17 Apr 1943.
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 (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
11 May 1943

United States
17 Jun 1943

United States
1 Jul 1943

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

United States
6 Jul 1943

United States
27 Jul 1943

United States
  • Task Group 21.14 (TG 21.14) was formed at Norfolk, Virginia as an anti-submarine Hunter-Killer group centered around escort carrier USS Card with the TBF Avengers and F4F Wildcats of Composite Squadron VC-1 embarked and with escorts of Clemson-class destroyers USS Barry, Goff, and Borie. TG 21.14 departed Norfolk bound for the Central Atlantic that same day. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
10 Sep 1943

United States
  • USS Kimberly departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Kimberly | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
  • Escort carrier USS Card and her task group arrived at Norfolk, Virginia at the conclusion of their Atlantic anti-submarine voyage. Composite Squadron VC-1 disembarked Card and transferred to Norfolk Naval Air Station. Squadron VC-1, all ships of the task group, and all men therein were authorized to wear Battle Star A204 on their American Campaign Ribbon. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
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.
23 Sep 1943

United States
  • Task Group 21.14 (TG 21.14) was reformed at Norfolk, Virginia as an anti-submarine Hunter-Killer group centered around escort carrier USS Card with the TBF Avengers and F4F Wildcats of Composite Squadron VC-9 embarked and with escorts of Clemson-class destroyers USS Barry, Goff, and Borie. TG 21.14 departed Norfolk bound for the Central Atlantic that same day. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
9 Nov 1943

United States
  • Escort carrier USS Card and her remaining task group arrived at Norfolk, Virginia at the conclusion of their Atlantic anti-submarine voyage. Composite Squadron VC-9 disembarked Card and transferred to Norfolk Naval Air Station. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
10 Nov 1943

United States
  • The day after arriving at Norfolk, Virginia, escort carrier USS Card received a delegation of dignitaries including seven flag officers: Admiral Royal Ingersoll (Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet), Vice Admiral Patrick Bellinger (Commander for Air, Atlantic Fleet), Vice Admiral Alexander Sharp (Commander of Service Forces, Atlantic Fleet), Rear Admiral Walter Kilpatrick (Chief of Staff to Commander Atlantic Fleet), Rear Admiral David LeBretan (Commandant 5th Naval District), Rear Admiral Gerald Bogan (Commander Fleet Air, Norfolk), and Rear Admiral Calvin Durgin (Commander Fleet Air, Quonset). In a mere 40 minutes aboard the ship, the following award presentations were made: Captain Arnold Isbell (Commanding Officer USS Card and Commander Task Group 21.14) received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal; Lieutenant Commanders Herbert Hill (Commanding Officer USS Barry), Hinton Smith (Commanding Officer USS Goff), and Howard Avery (Commanding Officer Composite Squadron VC-9) received the Legion of Merit; Lieutenant Charles Hutchins (Commanding Officer USS Borie) received the Navy Cross; and a Presidential Unit Citation was awarded to USS Card, USS Barry, USS Borie, USS Goff, Composite Squadron VC-1, Composite Squadron VC-9, and all men who served in these elements during the Task Group 21.14 operations. LtCdr Avery would also receive the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross for later actions while commanding VC-9 from USS Card. Further, Squadron VC-9, all ships of the task group, and all men therein during this sortie were authorized to wear Battle Star E211 on their European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 10 Nov 1943
Congratulatory photo taken 10 Nov 1943 showing United States Navy officers who were decorated for their parts in the USS Card’s Hunter-Killer Atlantic cruises between 27 Jul and 2 Nov 1943. See Comment below for details.On the flight deck of USS Card, Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll, Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet, awarding the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Charles Hutchins, Captain of USS Borie, for actions against German U-405.
24 Nov 1943

United States
  • Task Group 21.14 (TG 21.14) was reformed at Norfolk, Virginia as an anti-submarine Hunter-Killer group centered around escort carrier USS Card with the TBF-1C Avengers and FM-1 Wildcats of Composite Squadron VC-55 embarked and with escorts of destroyers USS Decatur, Leary, Babbitt, Schenk. TG 21.14 departed Norfolk bound for the Central Atlantic that same day. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
2 Jan 1944

United States
  • Escort carrier USS Card and her remaining task group arrived at Norfolk, Virginia at the conclusion of their Atlantic anti-submarine voyage. Composite Squadron VC-55 disembarked Card and transferred to Norfolk Naval Air Station. Task Group 21.14 was dissolved. Squadron VC-55, all ships of the task group, and all men therein during this sortie were authorized to wear Battle Star E214 on their European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
24 Jan 1944

United States
  • Task Group 21.14 (TG 21.14) was reformed at Norfolk, Virginia as an anti-submarine Hunter-Killer group centered around escort carrier USS Card with the TBF-1C Avengers and FM-2 Wildcats of Composite Squadron VC-55 embarked and with escorts of destroyers USS Livermore, Jacob Jones, and Hammann and destroyer escorts USS Robert E. Peary and Blair. TG 21.14 departed Norfolk bound for the Central Atlantic that same day. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
26 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
9 Mar 1944

United States
  • Escort carrier USS Card and her task group arrived at Norfolk, Virginia and Task Group TG21.12 was dissolved. Composite Squadron VC-55 disembarked to Norfolk Naval Air Station. The day she arrived, USS Card had a routine change of command with Captain Rufus Young, Jr. relieving Captain Arnold Isbell. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
18 Mar 1944

United States
  • After a nine-day maintenance period at Norfolk, Virginia, escort carrier USS Card departed Norfolk bound for New York. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
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
4 May 1944

Photo(s) dated 4 May 1944
USS 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
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
16 May 1944

United States
  • Detached from the USS Ranger group while at sea and diverted to Norfolk, Virginia with engine difficulties, escort carrier USS Card arrived at Norfolk and began a period of maintenance and upkeep. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
4 Jun 1944

United States
  • Escort carrier USS Card departed Norfolk bound for Quonset Point, Rhode Island. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
15 Jun 1944

United States
24 Jun 1944

United States
  • Composite Squadron VC-12 reported aboard escort carrier USS Card at Norfolk, Virginia with their compliment of TBF Avengers and FM-2 Wildcat aircraft. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
25 Jun 1944

United States
  • Task Group 22.10 (TG 22.10) was formed at Norfolk, Virginia as an anti-submarine Hunter-Killer group centered around escort carrier USS Card with the TBM-1C Avengers and FM-2 Wildcats of Composite Squadron VC-12 embarked and screened by destroyer escorts USS Baker, Bronstein, Thomas, Breeman, and Bostwick. TG 22.10 departed Norfolk bound for the Central Atlantic that same day. ww2dbase [F4F Wildcat | TBF Avenger | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
26 Jun 1944

United States
7 Jul 1944

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

United States
15 Aug 1944

United States
18 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.
20 Aug 1944

Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1944
Battleship Missouri, large cruiser Alaska, escort carrier Croatan, and destroyers at Norfolk Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia, 20 Aug 1944
23 Aug 1944

United States
  • Escort carrier USS Card detached her escorts to proceed to New York and disembarked Composite Squadron VC-12 to fly to Norfolk Naval Air Station. Card arrived at Norfolk Naval Operating base, Norfolk, Virginia. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
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]
18 Sep 1944

United States
  • Task Group 22.2 (TG 22.2) was formed at Norfolk, Virginia as an anti-submarine Hunter-Killer group centered around escort carrier USS Card with the TBM Avengers and FM-2 Wildcats of Composite Squadron VC-8 embarked and screened by destroyer escorts USS Baker, Bronstein, Thomas, Breeman, Coffman, and Bostwick. TG 22.2 departed Norfolk bound for the Central Atlantic that same day. ww2dbase [F4F Wildcat | TBF Avenger | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
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
4 Nov 1944

United States
  • Escort carrier USS Card detached her escorts to proceed to New York and disembarked Composite Squadron VC-8 to fly to Norfolk Naval Air Station. Card arrived at Norfolk Naval Operating base, Norfolk, Virginia. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
11 Nov 1944

United States
30 Nov 1944

United States
  • Anti-submarine Hunter-Killer Task Group 22.2 (TG 22.2) centered around escort carrier USS Card with the TBM Avengers and FM-2 Wildcats of Composite Squadron VC-12 embarked and screened by destroyer escorts USS Baker, Bronstein, Thomas, Breeman, Coffman, and Bostwick was reformed at Norfolk, Virginia. TG 22.2 departed for the Central Atlantic that same day. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
14 Dec 1944

United States
12 Mar 1945

United States
14 Mar 1945

United States
  • At Norfolk, Captain Paul L. Dudley relieved Captain Rufus Young as commanding officer of escort carrier USS Card. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
20 Mar 1945

United States
  • Escort carrier USS Card departed Norfolk bound for Quonset Point, Rhode Island. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
26 May 1945

United States
21 Jun 1945

United States
  • Loaded with 25 TD2C-1 utility aircraft of Utility Squadron VJ-5 and all of the squadron’s peripheral equipment plus 127 passengers, escort carrier USS Card departed Norfolk, Virginia bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
7 Sep 1947

United States
  • USS Missouri arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, disembarking US President Harry Truman. ww2dbase [Missouri | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
27 Apr 1951

United States
15 May 1951

United States
12 Dec 1951

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]
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
28 Sep 1957

United States
16 May 1958

United States
  • Escort carrier Card was reactivated as an aircraft transport as part of the Military Sea Transportation Service as USNS Card operating with a civilian crew. ww2dbase [Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
7 Oct 1958

United States
9 Jun 1961

United States
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]
20 Jun 1968

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
10 Mar 1988

United States
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
15 Oct 1996

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]

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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