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Norfolk Navy Yard

Type   172 Shipyard
Historical Name of Location   Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Coordinates   36.815278000, -76.297222000

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Ships Constructed at Norfolk Navy Yard

Ship NameYard NoSlip/Drydock NoOrderedLaid DownLaunchedCompleted
Hulbert18 Nov 191828 Jun 19192 Aug 1940
Tucker15 Aug 193426 Feb 193623 Jul 1936
Helm25 Sep 193527 May 193716 Oct 1937
Alabama1 Feb 194016 Feb 194216 Aug 1942


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Norfolk Navy Yard Timeline

4 May 1929 USS Arizona entered Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States for modernization.
16 Oct 1937 USS Helm was commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia, United States, Lt. Cmdr. Paul H. Talbot in command.
1 Feb 1940 The keel of battleship Alabama was laid down at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States.
29 Jul 1940 US President Franklin Roosevelt, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, and House Naval Affairs Committee chairman Carl Vinson arrived at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, via presidential yacht Potomac, for an inspection. After the navy yard, they also visited US Army's Langley Field and the Newport News Ship Building and Drydock Company.
16 Feb 1942 Battleship Alabama was launched at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, sponsored by Henrietta McCormick Hill, the wife of US Senator J. Lister Hill.
1 Feb 1943 Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Card arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, anchoring in Hampton Roads.
4 Feb 1943 Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Card departed Norfolk, Virginia bound for New York, New York.
16 Feb 1943 USS Ancon entered Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States to be converted to a combined headquarters and commications command ship.
26 Feb 1943 USS Ancon's designation was officially changed from AP-66 to AGC-4 while undergoing conversion work at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States.
5 Mar 1943 Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Card arrived at Norfolk Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia.
15 Apr 1943 USS Yorktown (Essex-class) was commissioned at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, Capt. Joseph J. "Jocko" Clark in command.
21 Apr 1943 USS Ancon's conversion work from cargo-passenger ship to combined headquarters and communications ship was completed at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States.
11 May 1943 Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Card departed Norfolk, Virginia bound for New York, New York.
5 Jul 1943 Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Card arrived at Norfolk Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia.
27 Jul 1943 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.
9 Aug 1943 USS Alabama arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
19 Aug 1943 USS Alabama completed a scheduled overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States.
20 Aug 1943 USS Alabama departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
10 Sep 1943 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.
23 Sep 1943 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.
9 Nov 1943 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.
10 Nov 1943 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.
24 Nov 1943 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.
29 Nov 1943 USS Hornet was commissioned into service at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia with Miles Browning in command.
2 Jan 1944 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.
24 Jan 1944 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.
8 May 1944 USS Ticonderoga was commissioned at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States with Dixie Kiefer in command.
22 Jul 1944 USS Ticonderoga began her first overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. Her flight deck was to be reconfigured to add 11 feet forward and 7 feet aft, and her anti-aircraft directors were to be repositioned.
23 Aug 1944 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.
25 Aug 1944 USS Wake Island completed her repairs at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States.
4 Nov 1944 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.
30 Nov 1944 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.
12 Mar 1945 Escort carrier USS Card arrived at Norfolk, Virginia.
26 May 1945 Escort carrier USS Card arrived at Norfolk, Virginia for nearly four weeks of maintenance and upkeep.
21 Jun 1945 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.
29 Nov 1945 Fox was decommissioned from service at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States.
8 Nov 1946 USS Bennington was decommissioned at Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
18 Oct 1951 USS Missouri entered Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States for a scheduled overhaul.
30 Mar 1952 USS Missouri completed her scheduled overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States.
4 Aug 1952 USS Missouri entered Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States for refitting.
11 Jun 1954 USS Wisconsin began a scheduled overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States.
12 Jul 1954 USS Wisconsin completed her scheduled overhaul at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States.
6 Feb 1960 USS Cassin Young arrived at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States for inactivation.

Photographs

Fitting-out basin, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 1 Mar 1901Machine shop, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 2 Feb 1905
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WW2-Era Place Name Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
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Fitting-out basin, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 1 Mar 1901Machine shop, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 2 Feb 1905
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