Welcome Aboard

Ship Image at Sunset

"Carrying on a Proud Tradition"

Welcome Aboard - Congratulations on your orders to USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47), the Finest Frigate in the Navy. I note with extreme pleasure your assignment to this ship. As Commanding Officer, I can assure you that your talents are needed and welcomed. You will be joining a group of exceptional sailors who take great pride in their accomplishments.

NICHOLAS' Immediate Superior in Chain or ISIC is Commander Destroyer Squadron TWO SIX.

Email your current address to your sponsor to ensure you receive a welcome aboard package. This is especially important if you are transferring within 30 days or will be in a leave status. The package will provide useful information to assist in making your reassignment as pleasant and trouble free as possible.

Norfolk waterfront support unit provides transportation for new arrivals from the norfolk international airport. Check into the kiosk adjacent to the baggage claim area. if unavailable, contact the ships Quarterdeck at 757-444-2698 or DSN 564-2698. Another website to get information about the norfolk area is:

NICHOLAS is a family-oriented command and we care about your family very much. We have an outstanding Ombudsman who provides counseling and information services to our family members. If you have any questions about the Tidewater area, she may be contacted by email at We also have a very active Family Readiness Group who will be planning activities during our upcoming deployment. This group is led by a great group of spouses from the command and they always look forward to support by friends and family members of the crew. The Family Readiness Group can be contacted by emailing

Our careline number is 757-445-1727 and toll free 800-404-9643.

Welcome Aboard, C. J. Blaser

FPO AE 09579-1501


Military Information Introduction

Naval Operations Base (NOB) Norfolk is the largest naval base in the world. The surrounding areas of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and Portsmouth are all large cities, and make up what is known as the Tidewater area, also known as Hampton Roads.

Base Decals

Naval Station Norfolk recognizes all DOD decals. The decal office is located accross from gate 5 on Hampton Blvd.

Housing Information Rentals

Before entering into a house rental or purchase, the Housing Referral Office for Naval Base Norfolk, (757) 445-2832 or DSN 565-2832 provides a referral service for both on and off-base housing units. There is a tremendous amount of information available in their package. There are hundreds of furnished and unfurnished apartments throughout the Tidewater Area. The Norfolk Family Services Center Welcome Aboard Package contains two outstanding apartment directories. These directories include apartments available in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Be sure you fully understand the conditions of the lease before you sign for occupancy of any apartment. Personnel at the Housing Referral Office will review the lease with you upon request. Ensure your lease contains a "military clause". A military clause is a special lease or rental provision that allows military members to cancel rental agreements, without penalty, upon receipt of unexpected reassignment/Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.

Personal Household Goods

Contact the Personal Property Office at Naval Station Norfolk for information on your inbound personal property shipment. Their office hours are 0800-1630 Monday through Friday. You may reach them by calling commercial (757) 443-3700 (DSN prefix: 564).

Navy Family Service Center, Norfolk Services Hotline

Well-trained active duty staff members provide accurate and timely information about services and resources for TWENTY-FOUR HOUR Navy families in the Hampton Roads area. Telephone 444-NAVY (6289), or from the Peninsula, 244-NAVY (6289). Below are some of the services provided by the Family Services Center:

  • Ombudsman Assistance
  • Developmental Disabilities Assistance
  • Child Care Information
  • Parenting Education and Support Groups
  • Financial Education
  • Job Information Center and Job Search Assistance for spouses (Branch Office Virginia Employment Commission)
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Crisis Intervention Counseling
  • Chaplain Assistance pamphlets and Periodicals
  • Information and Referral 24-Hour Hotline
  • Norfolk Directory (Area Code 757)
  • Active Duty and Family Members (Non-Tricare) 677-6000
  • Family Members (enrolled in Tricare) 1-800-931-9501
  • CHAMPUS Information, National 800-365-5954

Health Benefits Advisors

  • CONUS 677-6235
  • DEERS 800-538-9552
  • Naval Base Operator 444-0000

Navy Family Service Centers in Hampton Roads

  • Navy Family Services Center, Norfolk 444-2102
  • Navy Family Services Center, Little Creek 462-7563
  • Navy Family Services Center, Oceana NAS 433-2912
  • Navy Family Services Center, Peninsula Branch 887-4606

Navy Relief Society

  • Naval Station, Norfolk 423-8830
  • Thrift Shop, Naval Station 423-8845
  • NAB Little Creek 464-9364
  • NAS Oceana 425-5789
  • Portsmouth Naval Hospital (0900 to 1400) 399-1675

Fleet Combat Training Center, Dam Neck 492-6005

  • Emergency Night Calls 444-NAVY Base Security
  • Naval Station, Norfolk 322-2500
  • NAB Little Creek, Gate 4 (24 hrs.) 462-4444, 5555
  • NAS Oceana 433-3123
  • Portsmouth Naval Hospital 953-5224
  • Fleet Combat Training Center, Dam Neck 492-6206

  • Child Care Centers Family Home Care Information 444-4359
  • Child Development Center, NAVSTA, Norfolk 444-3239/3379
  • Child Development Center, NAB Little Creek 462-7901/7868
  • Child Care Center, NAS Oceana 433-3164
  • Child Care Center, Portsmouth 396-5863


  • Naval Station Norfolk 423-3188 NAB Little Creek 464-3561
    NAS Oceana 428-2931
    Langley Air Force Base 766-1304


  • Naval Station, Norfolk 440-4598
    NAB Little Creek 363-3239
    NAS Oceana 425-4200
    Langley Air Force Base 766-0373 Other Military and Civilian Numbers

  • COMNAVBASE Hotline 444-BASE (2273)
  • Direct Deposit Information 800-554-7998
  • Ombudsman Information 444-2102
  • Pass Office, Naval Station Norfolk 322-2978
  • Retired Affairs Office 322-9156
  • Ships Information, Norfolk 444-0000
  • Ships Information, Little Creek 444-0000
  • Submarine Information, Norfolk 444-0000

Recreation Services

  • Naval Station, Norfolk 444-3830
  • NAB Little Creek 363-4832
  • NAS Oceana 433-2572
  • Portsmouth Naval Hospital 953-5095
  • Fleet Combat Training Center, Dam Neck 492-6264

Red Cross

  • Naval Station, Norfolk (24 hrs.) 440-1111
  • NAB Little Creek 462-7581 Oceana/Virginia Beach 433-2666
  • Norfolk/Portsmouth (24 hrs.) 398-1031
  • Newport News/Hampton (24 hrs.) 838-7320
  • Tidewater Chapter 446-7700

Support Agencies

  • Alcohol Hotline 490-3980
  • Chaplains Center, Norfolk 444-7361
  • Chaplains Center, Little Creek 462-7427
  • Chaplains Center, Oceana 433-2871
  • Chaplains Center, Portsmouth 396-5021
  • Child Abuse/Neglect 444-NAVY
  • Military Drug Control 444-7327/433-3291
  • Poison Control 1-800-552-6337
  • RESPONSE 24-hour hotline 622-4300
  • Runaway Hotline (24 hrs.) 424-6800
  • Shore Patrol 623-2291/2/3
  • State Police 424-6820
  • Suicide/Crisis Center All Hampton Roads 399-6393

Temporary Lodging

Navy Lodges Naval Station Norfolk 489-2656 Amphibious Base Little Creek 464-2656 CONUS reservations 800-628-946