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Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Notification
Current Health Protection Condition Level (HPCON): ALPHA
*as of January 2023

Welcome to Naval Weapons Station Yorktown

The land of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown is a site rich in colonial history. The station sits amidst a setting of natural beauty surrounded by the distant echo of the first settlers in Virginia and the battle cries of the Revolutionary War. The site of the weapons station was acquired for the Navy by a presidential proclamation on August 7, 1918, and was at the time the largest naval installation in the world, its land area covering about twenty square miles. In 1932, the Navy Mine Depot became the Naval Mine Depot in recognition of expanded ordnance support. Then, on August 7, 1958, on the Station’s 40th anniversary, the name was changed to Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, again in recognition of a much expanded mission for naval ordnance. Today, the installation and its tenant commands continue to provide critical fleet ordnance support for the Navy.

Installation Information

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown hosts 40 tenant commands which include the Navy Munitions Command Atlantic, the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity, the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Naval Expeditionary Medical Support Command, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One and 19 departments.


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Photos From Around NWS Yorktown

Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Gate 1
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DET Yorktown gives a familiarization tour to Midshipmen.
Sailors from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 1 (NCHB 1) prepare to receive shot lines as the Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) prepares to moor pier side Cheatham Annex.
U.S. Sailors, assigned to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), draw M9 pistols during a qualification course at the Cheatham Annex gun range on Naval Weapons Station Cheatham Annex in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 13 Unit Level Training Readiness Assessment (ULTRA) on Cheatham Annex.
NWS Yorktown Security Drill
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