Devonport Naval Heritage Centre

The Devonport Naval Heritage Site and Visitor Centre records the development of The Dockyard and Plymouth's pivotal role in supporting the Royal Navy through major conflicts since 1300, including two World Wars. Through its collections, interactive experiences and pictorial interpretation the drama of the close relationship of Devonport, the Royal Navy, The Dockyard and the people of Plymouth can be explored.

It is open by appointment to groups of visitors in the historic South Yard. Join with us in sharing, exploring and conserving the character and history of Devonport Naval Base and The Dockyard for the future. As well as tours by appointment, Public Open Days are held at various times throughout the year and there are regular public visit sessions during the summer months.

Please visit the Devonport Naval Heritage Centre website for more information, email [email protected]  or call 01752 552326.

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The Heritage Centre reopened to the public on 20th March 2024 and will welcome visitors every Wednesday and second Saturday of each month until the end of October. We worked hard over the winter to improve all our Galleries. In particular, new attractions now include  an opportunity to explore HMS Courageous through an interactive display, while in the Age of Sail Gallery, an exhibit highlights the Royal Navy’s effort to stop the Slave Trade during the 19th Century.

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The Devonport Naval Heritage Site and Visitor Centre records the development of The Dockyard and Plymouth’s pivotal role in supporting the Royal Navy through major conflicts, including two World Wars. Through its collections, interactive experiences and pictorial interpretation  the drama of the close relationship of Devonport, the Royal Navy, The Dockyard and the people of Plymouth can be explored.

Following changes to the secure boundary of the Naval Base, the Heritage Centre now stands outside this boundary and so booking in advance for entry is no longer required.

Opening Hours :   The Heritage will be open to visitors, without the need to book every Wednesday from 1000 -1500 (last entry at 1415).  It will also open on the second Saturday of each month from 1000 – 1500 (final entry 1415). When open, for those who wish, there will be a guided tour of the collection led by a knowledgeable guide at 1100.  The Heritage Centre will not routinely open to visitors during the months of Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb except by prior booking agreement. There may be opportunities for further opening periods, please check the “What’s On” page of this web site and Facebook.

Please note: The next phase of the adjacent Oceansgate development will recommence in Aug, which will require a reconfiguration of our reception/café space and parking.  The DNHC will therefore close on week commencing 15th July and hopefully reopen for 31st July.  Please keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for updates .

Organised Group Visits : There may be opportunities for special interest and organised groups to visit the Heritage Centre outside the normal opening hours for pre-arranged guided tours. For further details email: [email protected]  including details of proposed date/time and numbers.

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There is no admission fee, but a donation would be appreciated to cover running costs. Collection boxes are located in the reception/cafe.  Please note we can only accept cash or take BACS transfer.  The Heritage Centre is run entirely by volunteers.

Join with us in sharing, exploring and  conserving the character and history of Devonport Naval Base and The Dockyard for the future.

**Please note: the decommisioned submarine ‘Courageous’ is closed to the general public until further notice**

**Please visit our “ What’s On ” page for information on upcoming events**

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Home to the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Army, Plymouth boasts an inspiring rich maritime heritage and is steeped in military history.

Visit Plymouth and you are likely to see an impressive Naval vessel making its way across Plymouth Sound. Failing that you can head to the historic Barbican, and step aboard a Naval Harbour Cruise where you will go by boat to explore the Naval ships. 

Explore the Naval Heritage Centre located inside the Naval Base, and take a tour on board a submarine. Then embark on a journey around the Royal Citadel, a 17th Century fortress and home to the Army which was built to defend the city from the Dutch. 

Take a ferry to visit the Royal William Yard and witness an imposing example of military prowess and the largest collection of listed Naval buildings in Europe. Around the corner from the Yard is Stonehouse Barracks, home to the Royal Marines. 

Plymouth Hoe remembers the fallen with numerous War Memorials and the city hosts an annual Armed Forces Day 

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Naval Base Heritage Museum

The Royal Navy’s base at Plymouth, where the Rivers Tamar, Tavy, Lynher and Plym enter the English Channel, was established in the late 17th century, and re-named Devonport in 1823. The museum has evolved through several stages since the Second World War as the dockyard has contracted. Its headquarters is now the 3-storey pay office building of 1775, where several of the interior strong room doors remain. Displays illustrate the history of the dockyard, with boats, tools, figureheads, uniforms and sailors’ kit, and there is a large collection of ship models, principally of the 20th century. Tours of the dockyard take visitors to 15 storehouses, ship-building slips and others structures of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Royal Navy also organises tours of the working dockyard, by advanced notice for those with appropriate identification.    In another part of Plymouth, the Royal William Victualling Yard, designed by Sir John Rennie (1794-1874) and built between 1824 and 1835, provided the ships of the Royal Navy with food for more than 150 years until its closure in 1992. Most of the surviving buildings are listed Grade I by English heritage. The ships’ biscuit bakery, the brewery, the abattoir and other buildings have been adapted as galleries, apartments and restaurants that can easily be visited. There is access by ferry from the Barbican in central Plymouth.

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There are so many things to do and see in and around Plymouth that compiling a list of just 20 while be sure to upset some one because we have missed them out.  We were recently hosted on a press trip in which we were shown what to do and what to see for a series of features we will be writing for magazines around the world.  So here and in no particular order are our own humble suggestions of what to do and see in Plymouth

1 Royal William Yard – Explore the former Royal Navy victualing yard now a trendy place to work, live and play.  It is home to the largest collection of Grade 1 listed Naval buildings in the UK.

2 Mount Batten Tower – Visit the restored tower built circa 1650 to guard the southern approach to Plymouth’s harbour.  With funding from Historic England and the Coastal Revival Fund, the Tower has undergone sympathetic improvements since 2016 and was handed over to the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre in September 2017

3 Walk to Devils Point, Inside the Royal William yard swim in ​the tidal pool or watch the stand up paddle boarders at Firestone Arch, explore art at Ocean Studios​ & coffee at Column House Bakery

4 Plymouth’s Breakwater , If you are very lucky there may be an opening on one of the very infrequent and mostly oversubscribed walking tours along this remarkable structure often described as ‘the Channel Tunnel of its era’  

5 Art Deco Lido One of the finest examples of a 1930’s which overlooks Plymouth Sound (the oldest, continually studied, marine area on earth); the highest concentration of cobbled streets in England; and lots of ‘green space’ (40 percent of the city), with over 100 hectares of wildflower meadows

6 Devonport Naval Heritage Centre formerly known as the Plymouth Naval Base Museum is now a maritime museum.

7 Smeaton’s Tower   Visit the memorial celebrating civil engineer John Smeaton, designer of the third and most notable Eddystone Lighthouse

8 Mayflower Museum Exploring seafaring history & the Mayflower’s 1620 voyage, including a model ship.

9 Sail to Calstock When the tide is right take a boat trip up the Tamar with Plymouth Boat Trips whose ferries ply their trade on numerous routes that criss-cross the harbour

10 National Marine Aquarium beside the fish harbour has the deepest tank in the UK, purifying 75,000 litres of seawater a day.  It is a wonderful day out for the whole family. Time it right and you can get to see the action at feeding time.

11 Plymouth Gin What could be better than to take a tour of wonderfully old Plymouth Gin, distillery.  The Master Distillers takes four hours during which time you get toured tastings and exclusive look behind the scenes and the chance to distil and take home with you your very own bottle of gin

12 Afternoon Tea at Hotel Endsleigh where Pastry Chef Alan Holloway , formerly of Claridge’s, and Royal Academy of Culinary Arts AAE Winner in 2017 will be baking scones and cakes to die for. Each afternoon the table in the library at Hotel Endsleigh is set with an array of cakes, scones and sandwiches.  Help yourself to as much or as little as you like.  The waiting staff will serve you with coffee or a tea and a selection of finger sandwiches everyday between 3.30pm and 5pm.

13 Historic Barbican Home to the Mayflower steps from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America 400 years ago.  Find time to visit antique stores in back always the likes of Parade Antiques.  Part shop part museum they always make visitors welcome.

14 Noss Mayo & Newton Ferres The nearby River Yealm snakes its way up through Newton Creek to the Ship Inn, a delightful, traditional waterside pub where you can enjoy local beers and fresh, homemade food. Getting there by boat is best but go by car if you have to just make sure you do go.

15 Mount Edgcumbe Explore a pristine and unspoilt Grade I listed landscape The Tudor style mansion built nearly 100 years before the Mayflower set sail in 1620, stands at the top of an equally ancient double avenue of trees.  It was the earliest landscaped park in Cornwall and covers over 865 acres made up of open parkland, Grade I listed gardens and 55 Grade II and II* listed structures.

16 ‘Catch & Cook’ Hook up with Yannick Loue at Le Vignoble wine bar inside the Royal William Yard and ask about his fishing expeditions where you do the catching and he does the cooking washing it down with a glass of wine

17 Harbour Boat Trip Cruise the harbour with Plymouth Boat Trips and explore the beautiful Devon and Cornish coasts, with live commentary, on board café and licensed bar. Boats depart regularly from the Barbican Landing Stage, adjacent to the Mayflower Steps, Enjoy seeing Royal Navy warships alongside the Devonport Royal Dockyard with its Naval History The Brunel Bridge

18 Royal Corinthian Yacht Club situated on the water’s edge between The Barbican and Plymouth Hoethe Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Clubhas stunning views across the sound is. The Corinthian Restaurant has an enviable reputation for producing a selection of first-class lunches, dinners, snacks and cream teas, and the club bar and restaurant are open to all members of the public.

19 Cocktails in the Crowne Plaza Skyline Lounge As the lights go down the vibe notches up. The top floor is the perfect place to watch the sun go down and taste exquisite cocktails. Party into the night every Friday and Saturday from 9pm till late with a live DJ.  No other bar in Plymouth can offer you all this; a sensational sky line, live music and great drinks.

20 Chill in the Gaia spa at the Bordingdon Hall Hotel & Spa. The Gaia Spa is a luxury spa set within the grounds of Boringdon Hall, on the edge of Dartmoor. Drawing inspiration from Gaia – also known as Mother Nature – the spa’s interior and exterior encompass natural materials including wood, stone and glass for natural light in order to bring the outdoors in.

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Truth about Plymouth's iconic Devonport Naval Base siren and city's nuclear incident plan

The sirens have never been sounded for a real event - but a robust safety plan is in place in case it ever does happen

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During the COVID-19 lockdown many residents are hearing sounds they may never have noticed before or have not heard as they were at their place of work.  This is especially true for people living in the close vicinity of the naval base.

Devonport Naval Base is the largest base in Western Europe, covering 650 acres across almost five miles.

The nuclear sirens are tested every Monday morning at 11.30am. Nearby residents and businesses will be used to the wailing sound, like the sirens heard during WW2. But often the noise travels further and can be heard in parts of Cornwall - especially of late, as things have been so quiet.

The reason the sirens were installed around the site is to provide a warning to all personnel on site that an off-site nuclear emergency has been declared. 

Although they are to alert staff in the naval base to take emergency action, members of the public around the site will be able to hear them.

Radioactive plans - two decommissioned nuclear submarines, Conqueror and Courageous at Devonport Naval Dockyard

The sirens have never been sounded for a real event; they are a part of the Navy's overall emergency planning which is in place even though it is such a highly unlikely event.

There are eight sirens in total, four of which are situated outside the base at Camel’s Head, Keyham, Bull Point and across the water at HMS Raleigh.

The four sirens in the base have been in place for many years - although the exact date isn't known, it is thought they were installed in the late 70s or early 80s. The additional four external sirens were installed in 1996/97.

The sirens are sounded remotely by the control engineers in the Central Frequency Changing Station, but can be turned on locally if needed.

The naval base has used nuclear powered submarines for over 50 years now. At the moment, some of the vessels are alongside - but they are decommissioned.

The nuclear submarines currently at Devonport are awaiting disposal, with the plan being that they will be wholly recycled - and that involves dealing with radioactive waste, a spokesperson for the Royal Navy said.

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What to do if there's a nuclear incident in Plymouth

The Naval Base siren will give the emergency signal - a rising and falling wailing note.

The 'All Clear' signal will be given by sounding the siren on a steady note for at least a minute.

The siren is tested every Monday morning at 11.30am.

The siren is sounded to warn people on the Devonport Site that there is a nuclear emergency.

The siren may also be heard off-site in nearby areas. You may also hear that there is a nuclear emergency via announcements on television or radio, or the Emergency Notification System.

Stay indoors

You should go indoors and stay there. This is because levels of radiation could be higher outside.

Staying inside is the most important safety advice.

You should stay inside because levels of radiation will probably be higher outside. Also keep your pets indoors to stop them bringing in radioactive material from outside.

If you are away from home when there is a nuclear emergency, then go into the nearest building.

You should close all windows and doors.

You should close doors and windows to stop radioactive material from outside coming inside.

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Turn off fans and fires

You should put out fires and boilers and you should shut off air conditioning units.

Fans, air conditioning units, boilers, gas fires and heating systems draw in air from outside.

You should switch off these things (and damp down open fires) to stop radioactive material from outside coming inside.

Follow local media

You should listen to local TV and radio for more instructions.

During a nuclear emergency more advice will be given out regularly on local TV and radio.

Announcements will be made about:

  • The care of children at school
  • Your food and water supply
  • The delivery of Potassium Iodate tablets
  • Care of farm animals and pets

Do not make calls

You should not make mobile or land line phone calls.

You should not make mobile or land line phone calls because the phone system could become overloaded. If this happens the emergency services will not be able to contact each other.

Do not leave the area

You should not leave the area because roads may become gridlocked and the emergency services will not be able to get through to do their job. It is very unlikely that an evacuation of the area will be needed.

Take potassium tablets

You should take Potassium Iodate tablets. These tablets help to protect the thyroid from harmful effects of radioactive iodine.

It is very unlikely that radioactive iodine would be released into the air. However, if this happened then staff from the Devonport Site would come and give the tablets to people in the downwind sectors.

This will happen within a few hours of an emergency. You would also get advice on how to take them. You should make sure that everyone in your house or business premises knows what to do if there is a nuclear emergency.

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In a nuclear emergency, you could be exposed to radiation by:

  • Breathing in contaminated air
  • Touching contaminated surfaces
  • Eating or drinking contaminated food or water
  • Direct exposure to radiation

As radiation passes through the body it can damage or kill cells. The risk of an effect from exposure to radiation (e.g. an increased risk of cancer) increases with radiation dose. Only big radiation doses can cause radiation sickness.

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'Nobody in their right mind would build a naval base here today': Navigating in and out of Devonport

Twisting and turning like a twisty-turny thing.

Boatnotes II As HMS Severn continues hosting the Royal Navy's Fleet Navigating Officer's course, The Register has taken a closer look at the precision demanded of naval officers conning their ships in and out of one of the most cramped ports where the Navy routinely operates.

Entering and leaving Plymouth, home to Devonport naval base, is a tricky operation under naval rules as we observed.

Plymouth, Devon, England, UK. Devonport naval dockyard on the Hamoaze. February 2018

Plymouth, Devon, England, UK: Devonport naval dockyard in the Hamoaze Estuary

"Nobody in their right mind would build a naval base here today," quipped one officer. The entrance to Devonport consists of a long and winding route to follow the marked deep water channel. Although Severn isn't the largest of ships in the fleet by a long way, she still followed every twist and turn of the channel on the way up.

HMS Severn . Pic by: Helen Harper

HMS Severn (click to enlarge) Pic copyright: Helen Harper

Each student navigated the ship along one precisely-planned leg, either entering the port or leaving it; as a training ship, Severn does this several times a day. Precision is the order of the day: whereas a civilian sailor might bring their ship into port by glancing at navigation buoys and steering as required so they don't bump into anything, the Royal Navy plans every single turn and straight leg and speed with military precision.

An old friend of The Register passed Severn as she left Portsmouth: HMS Enterprise, which hosted the original Boatnotes series from the Arctic Circle

An old friend of The Register passed Severn as she left Portsmouth: HMS Enterprise, which hosted the original Boatnotes series from the Arctic Circle (click to enlarge)

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"It's about building the skillset," one of the FNO course instructors told your correspondent. "Yes, we as the Navy do this [entering and leaving Plymouth] countless times during our careers but planning the pilotage means that when we're entering a new port, the skills are there to get it precisely right first time."

The quartermaster's position on the bridge, where the ship is driven from. Note the two levers for the main propulsion, the bow thruster lever - and the steering wheel!

The quartermaster's position on the bridge, where the ship is driven from. Note the two levers for the main propulsion, the bow thruster lever - and the steering wheel! (click to enlarge) Pic: Gareth Corfield

During one practice run into Devonport naval base at night we got a flavour of just how much precision the Navy demands.

"Wheelover… port 10," said the trainee navigator from his post at the pelorus, the navigation instrument in the centre of the bridge.

A police launch cleared HMS Severn's path of civilian sailors, including this pretty little sailing vessel. Note the outboard motor (click to enlarge) Pic: gareth Corfield

A police launch cleared HMS Severn's path of civilian sailors, including this pretty little sailing vessel. Note the outboard motor (click to enlarge) Pic: Gareth Corfield

Wheelover is the point on a navigation leg where, as the name suggests, the crew must start turning the wheel to intercept their next leg. Some maths based on ship's speed, rudder angle ( Severn 's twin rudders can swing up to 35˚ in either direction) and tidal flow tells you where the wheelover point ought to be.

The view from HMS Severn's bridge as she entered Plymouth harbour

The view from HMS Severn's bridge as she entered Plymouth harbour (click to enlarge)

"10 port on, sir," said the quartermaster, on the ship's wheel.

"On track visually. Midships. Steer 328. That's seven cables to the anchorage," continued the student navigator.

Outside the bridge windows, dark land masses loomed ever larger. Outside on the bridge wing, a crew member called in a bearing from a nearby navigation light.

"On track visually," repeated the student. "With three cables to run, expected depth 28.5 metres-"

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"Depth 29 metres!" interjected a bridge crew member, keeping a steady eye on the ship's echo-sounder.

"Roger," replied the student.

WECDIS plot of the NATO task force in the Arctic

WECDIS plot of the NATO task force during a 2018 trip to the Arctic in the HMS Enterprise (click to enlarge

Another navigational technique for fixing your position is comparing your height above the seabed with what the chart says. Just like in hillwalking, if you're passing over a recognisable lump or bump from the chart that gives you another clue about where you are. Combining that with bearings from landmarks above water can be a useful cross-reference.

While the student nav is keeping the ship on track, another student is monitoring the radar. These being British coastal waters there's always a number of pleasure craft and kayakers around. On a daylight run into Plymouth Severn was preceded by a police launch, shooing civilian sailors and paddleboarders out of the warship's path. A less precise operation than the one going on inside the bridge, but necessary all the same. ®

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Where is the UK’s biggest Navy base?

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The UK’s biggest Navy base is Devonport Royal dockyard, also known as Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Devonport (HMNB Devonport). It is the largest naval base in western Europe.

Where is the main British naval base?

The main British naval base is Devonport, which is the largest operational naval base in Western Europe.

How big is Portsmouth naval base?

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) employs approximately 8,000 civilians and 1,000 officer and enlisted personnel. It encompasses more than 297 acres and includes the main base and a family housing site off-base in Kittery, Maine.

Is Plymouth a navy town?

Plymouth has a rich naval history and is home to the Devonport Naval Heritage Site and Visitor Centre. The city has supported the Royal Navy through major conflicts since the 1300s.

What are the names of the UK naval bases?

The UK has several naval bases, including HMS Drake (HMNB Devonport, Devonport, Devon), HMS Nelson (HMNB Portsmouth, Portsmouth), and HMS Neptune (HMNB Clyde, Faslane, Dunbartonshire).

Top 10 Biggest Naval Bases in the USA

There is no information available about the top 10 biggest naval bases in the USA in the provided article.

What is the nickname of the British Navy?

The Royal Navy is commonly known as the ‘Andrew’, but the origin of this nickname is unclear.

What are the largest naval bases by size?

Naval Station Norfolk in the United States is considered the world’s largest naval base. It supports 75 ships, 134 aircraft, and has multiple piers and hangars.

Why do sailors call Plymouth Guzz?

There are a few different explanations for the nickname “Guzz” for Plymouth. One explanation is that it is derived from the Hindi word for a yard (36 inches), “guz”. Another explanation is that it originated from sailors abbreviating “The Dockyard” to simply “The Yard”.

Is Plymouth still a naval base?

Plymouth is still home to the Devonport Naval Base, which has been in operation since the 1690s. It is currently the largest naval base in Europe.

Are submarines based in Plymouth?

Plymouth is home to Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport, which is where the United Kingdom’s submarines undergo refueling and refurbishment. This includes submarines armed with Trident missiles and nuclear warheads.

How large is Norfolk naval base?

Naval Station Norfolk, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is one of the largest military facilities in the world. It covers more than 4,300 acres of land and is home to a large number of ships, aircraft, piers, and hangars.

What is the largest British naval ship?

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy. It is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft.

Where does British navy rank in the world?

As of the 21st century, the Royal Navy is still considered one of the world’s top navies. It remains in the front rank of world navies and has one of the largest defense budgets.

Who has the most powerful navy in Europe?

The United Kingdom has one of the most powerful navies in Europe, with a balanced force structure and a modern fleet.

Where are Royal Navy helicopters based?

Royal Navy helicopters are based at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, which is one of the largest helicopter bases in Europe. It is a significant base for the Royal Navy’s maritime helicopters.

Why are Royal Navy bases called HMS?

Royal Navy bases on land and ships use the prefix HMS (His or Her Majesty’s Ship) to indicate their affiliation with the Royal Navy.

Is there a US naval base in England?

Yes, there is a US naval base in England. The US Naval Support Activity, London, designated as US Naval Activities, United Kingdom (NAVACTUK), is located in London.

Can you visit Plymouth naval base?

Yes, the Royal Navy, in partnership with dockyard operators Babcock, offers visits to Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth. Tours must be booked in advance, and visitors are advised to arrive at least half an hour before the tour starts.

Why do sailors say 2 6?

The phrase “two, six, heave” is used to coordinate seamen’s pulling. The person at the front of the team typically calls out “two, six” to prepare everyone for pulling.

What is the slang for Plymouth Navy?

Plymouth Naval Base is sometimes affectionately referred to as “Guz” or “Guzz” by sailors. The nickname originated in the 1800s and has since expanded to refer to Plymouth as a whole.

What is the nickname for people from Plymouth?

The regional nickname for people from Plymouth is “Janner.” It is associated with the local accent and dialect.

How big is the British navy compared to other countries?

The British Royal Navy operates around 72 warships and 11 Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships (RFA) with approximately 33,000 personnel. It ranks as the world’s fifth most powerful navy and operates a modern fleet.

Who has the largest navy in the world?

Currently, China has the largest naval fleet in the world, with more than 340 warships. It has been expanding its naval capabilities and operating mostly near its shores.

Which country has the most naval bases in the world?

The United States has the most naval bases in the world, with over 40 spread across its eastern and western coasts. Naval Station Norfolk, located in Virginia, is the world’s largest naval base.

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Naval Station Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia, is the proud home of the largest naval base in the world. No matter what your reason is for visiting Norfolk, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to tour Naval Station Norfolk .

Naval Station Norfolk's mission is to support and improve the personnel and logistics readiness of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. The Norfolk naval base provides seaport, airport, and squadron facilities, quality of life, and personnel management services.

Don't miss the tours of the Naval Base . The 45-minute tour departs from the Naval Tour and Information Center located at 9079 Hampton Blvd, next to Gate 5. Bus tours conducted by Navy personnel ride past aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships and the busy airfield. The tour also drives by historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. There is a charge for the tour. A picture ID is required for all adults.

Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest Naval Station, occupies about 4,300 acres on a peninsula known as Sewells Point. Port facilities extend more than four miles along the waterfront and include some seven miles of pier and wharf space.

75 ships and 134 aircraft are home-ported here, and when they are not at sea they're along side one of the 13 piers or inside one of the 11 aircraft hangars for repair, refit, training and to provide the ship's or squadron's crew an opportunity to be with their families. Naval Station Norfolk is homeport to aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, large amphibious ships, submarines, supply ships, airplanes and helicopters.

Air Operations conducts over 100,000 flight operations each year, an average of 275 flights per day or one every six minutes. Over 150,000 passengers and 264,000 tons of mail and cargo depart annually on Air Mobility Command aircraft and other chartered flights from the NSN airfield. It is the hub for Navy logistics going to the European and Central Command theaters of operations, and to the Caribbean.

The land on which Naval Station is located was originally the site of the 1907 Jamestown Exposition , a mammoth 300th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in America in 1607. 21 states constructed buildings that celebrated their history and industry. Pennsylvania House, a 2/3rds replica of Independence Hall, is one of several state houses that are still standing at the Naval Station.

During the Jamestown Exposition, high-ranking naval officers agreed that this site was ideal for naval activity. After the United States entered World War I in April 1917, the Secretary of the Navy was persuaded to buy the property.

Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise

The Victory Rover makes 2-hour narrated cruises past Naval Station Norfolk. It departs from Nauticus on the downtown waterfront. Enjoy a fascinating and entertaining commentary along the way aboard this Navy-themed vessel. See aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, guided missile cruisers and all of the other ships that form the world's most powerful fleet. On board, guests will enjoy plenty of comfortable seating, clean restrooms, air-conditioned enclosed deck, open-air upper deck, snack bar and souvenir shop.

Reservations are available. Bring a camera and binoculars.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum at Nauticus & the Battleship Wisconsin

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum presents 225 years of naval history in the Hampton Roads region. The museum is also responsible for the historic interpretation and day-to-day operations of the Battleship Wisconsin.

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the entrance to the Battleship Wisconsin are located on the second floor of Nauticus : The National Maritime Center in downtown Norfolk (at One Waterside Drive). There is no on-site parking, but there are several city operated parking garages within walking distance.

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