Welcome Aboard
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Congratulations and Welcome Aboard

You have received orders to USS VELLA GULF (CG 72), a TICONDEROGA class cruiser assigned to Commander, Carrier Strike Group TWELVE.

VELLA GULF is dedicated to winning at sea and ashore. Our multi-mission capable platform carries the most sophisticated weapons and advanced engineering plant on the seas today, all driven by our well trained, highly-motivated crew.

As a Golden Anchor Award winner for retention excellence, we know that our Sailors are at the center of mission success and I extend a warm welcome to you as you join our crew dedicated to personal and professional growth.

You are truly joining a ship of winners. Welcome to Team TURBODOG!


Captain Mark J. Oberley
Commanding Officer, USS VELLA GULF (CG 72)

VELLA GULF is homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Hampton Roads is a vast area consisting of several cities, including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, and Suffolk. The climate is generally mild, though temperatures can be extreme during the winter and summer months. The region is ethnically and economically diverse and offers a wide variety of recreational, educational and professional opportunities.

You will receive a Welcome Aboard message with the name of your VELLA GULF sponsor sent to your current command shortly after we receive your official orders. We encourage you to get an early start on your transfer to VELLA GULF, so please email our sponsor coordinator at or so that we can get you connected with your sponsor and divisional leadership.

Checking In: If you check in when VELLA GULF is pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, contact the ship at (757) 494-2862 to find where the ship is berthed. If you arrive when the ship is underway, check in at the Naval Station Transient Personnel Unit (TPU), Building J-50. The phone number for TPU is (757) 444-1640. Depending on VELLA GULF’s schedule, you will either remain on shore until we return or be flown out to join the ship at sea.
Flying In: If you arrive via Norfolk International Airport and need transportation to the ship, notify your sponsor and call the ship’s quarterdeck ahead of time and the duty driver will pick you up.

In the event that VELLA GULF is underway, take a taxi to Naval Station Norfolk Transient Personnel Unit (TPU). REMEMBER!! Keep all of your lodging and travel receipts you collect during your transfer to VELLA GULF.

USS VELLA GULF Quarterdeck: (757) 494-2862
Naval Station Norfolk Transient Personnel Unit: (757) 444-1640

Again, welcome aboard VELLA GULF, and we look forward to meeting our newest member of Team TURBODOG