Naval Air Station Oceana

Updated: September 6, 2023
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    Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost air stations, NAS Oceana primarily trains and deploys the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet strike fighter squadrons of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. It hosts 14 deployable Strike Fighter squadrons and is famous for its annual public air show, demonstrating the Navy’s operational prowess.

    Base Operator:

    1750 Tomcat Boulevard
    Suite 203 Building 230
    Virginia Beach, VA 23460-219

    Naval Air Station Oceana History

    Founded in 1941 and commissioned in 1943, NAS Oceana initially acted as an outlying field for NAS Norfolk. The base saw expansion in 1943 and a significant shift in the 1950s when it was designated as a Master Jet Base. Today, it houses all East Coast strike fighter jet squadrons, manages Dam Neck Annex, and oversees Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress.


    Naval Air Station Oceana Housing

    On base housing is available at NAS Oceana. The management of those units involves the military and a private company. There are roughly 4,000 units in the Hampton Roads area.

    There is also off-base housing options in the nearby communities of Norfolk, VA, Virginia Beach, VA and Chesapeake, VA. To apply for housing, or learn more about on-base or off-base housing options, call the office housing office at 757-433-3791. You can also go to the Navy’s housing website


    PCS and TDY Lodging

    Naval Air Station Oceana offers temporary housing options. The Navy Gateway Inn & Suites is the site for incoming service members. To learn more, call 877-628-9233 or 757-644-0708.


    What is the BAH for Naval Air Station Oceana?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Naval Air Station Oceana varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Virginia state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.


    Military Housing Area: VA298

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $2,049 $1,545
    E02 $2,049 $1,545
    E03 $2,049 $1,545
    E04 $2,049 $1,545
    E05 $2,268 $1,725
    E06 $2,385 $1,851
    E07 $2,439 $2,058
    E08 $2,499 $2,298
    E09 $2,604 $2,319
    W01 $2,400 $1,983
    W02 $2,466 $2,295
    W03 $2,541 $2,328
    W04 $2,631 $2,391
    W05 $2,745 $2,451
    O01E $2,445 $2,265
    O02E $2,526 $2,313
    O03E $2,646 $2,373
    O01 $2,289 $1,830
    O02 $2,382 $2,196
    O03 $2,538 $2,337
    O04 $2,781 $2,433
    O05 $2,952 $2,466
    O06 $2,976 $2,517
    O07 $2,997 $2,559

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    Naval Air Station Oceana Surrounding Area

    Trees, swamps and farmland surround the Naval Air Station Oceana. The nearby area of Virginia Beach offers a variety of attractions such as the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, a world-class amphitheater, and a multipurpose Sportsplex, along with 38 miles of shoreline and 28 miles of city beaches. It’s also a three-and-a-half hour drive from Washington, D.C


    The Oceana Branch Medical Clinic offers health care options. There is also a dental clinic on base. 

    Note: These branch health clinics are not equipped to handle life-threatening emergencies for more extensive care, including emergency, outpatient, and inpatient services.

    Active duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel, their families, and retired military members in the Hampton Roads area turn to the Charette Health Center in Portsmouth. This center is informally known as the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center (NMCP).


    The Naval Air Station Oceana offers three Child Development Centers (CDCs) on base. Services include full day care and school year care for children as young as infants, to others still in school.


    Education options for those at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach City Public Schools offers several options, include 56 elementary schools, 15 middle schools and 12 high schools. There are five other school districts in the region surrounding NAS Oceana. For more information, call the School Liaison Office at 757-433-2496.

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