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
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
  • The keel of CV-14, originally destined to be USS Hancock, was laid down at Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
15 Mar 1943

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

United States
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.
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
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
15 Jun 1944

United States
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
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.
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]
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
11 Nov 1944

United States
14 Dec 1944

United States
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
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
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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