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 TWO. 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.

Reporting Aboard: After you receive orders, your sponsor will send a Welcome Aboard Package with important information about the ship and Naval Station Norfolk. Additionally, your sponsor will provide any assistance necessary to make your transition smooth.

Crew ImageChecking In: If you check in when VELLA GULF is pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, contact the ship at (757) 444-1327 to find out at which pier 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.

Household Goods: If you are entitled to movement of dependents and household goods, the government will fund a move to Norfolk, Virginia, or because the assignment is designated by SECNAV as an arduous sea duty assignment, to a location you designate in the continental United States. You can find out more about the Norfolk military community at the Commander, Naval Region Mid-Atlantic website, and you can track your household goods shipment via the Personal Property Office website.

Crew ImageFlying In?: If you arrive via Norfolk International Airport and need transportation to the ship, visit the USO at the airport for instructions. Transportation from the airport will be provided by the ship.

Looking For A Degree? Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and Hampton University are just a few of the colleges here. Contact the Navy College Office at 757-444-8217/8273

Property Rentals: Monthly property rentals in the area range from $300 for one-bedroom efficiencies to $2,000 for single detached homes. The average two-bedroom apartment goes for $650 to $850. For a listing of available property rentals, visit or contact Navy housing at (757) 433-2195.

Commute Times: Commute times to Naval Station Norfolk vary greatly from different cities and depend heavily upon traffic flow over local highways and through tunnels and bridges in the area. Plan on spending 15 to 45 minutes in your car for the drive to and from work, or more if there is an accident or road construction.

Crew ImageThe Area: Hampton Roads is approximately 90 minutes from Richmond, VA., and three hours from Washington, D.C. Interstate 64 (which transits the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel) is the primary thoroughfare through Hampton Roads. Several other highways intersect the area. Naval Station Norfolk is located at the end of Interstate 564. Virginia Beach, a popular tourist destination, is at the eastern end of Route 44/Interstate 264. Downtown Norfolk, also home to several local attractions including the Waterside District, Nauticus Museum, Harbor Park and Scope, is located off Interstate 264.

ID Base Stickers: Due to the current security posture, base stickers are required to enter Naval Station Norfolk. Stickers can be attained at the Pass and ID Office on Hampton Boulevard. The following documents must be presented to receive a base sticker: valid driver’s license, current registration, proof of insurance, vehicle inspection, military identification card, and orders to USS VELLA GULF.

The phone number to the Pass and ID Office is 757-322-2978.