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Dear Shipmate,

Welcome Aboard and congratulations on your orders to USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3), the best amphibious assault ship in the Fleet. KEARSARGE is the third of the WASP-Class multipurpose Amphibious Assault Ships. Our mission is to embark, deploy, land and support a Marine Landing Force. The ship was specifically designed to accommodate Air Cushion Landing Craft (LCAC) for fast troop movement over the beach and AV-8B Harrier aircraft to provide close-in air support for the assault force. KEARSARGE can also carry up to 26 Navy/USMC helicopters for troop movement, air support, and Search-And-Rescue movements.

Your assignment in KEARSARGE will be challenging, rewarding and fun. In addition to being one of the finest ships in the fleet, our warfare programs are in full swing! Many of our Sailors earn both Air and Surface Warfare qualification pins during their tour. The crew and I look forward to showing you how and why we pride ourselves in being the best.

Now that you have your orders, we want to be sure you are assigned a sponsor. KEARSARGE's sponsor program is alive and well, but requires some initiative by both of us. If you have e-mail, you can expedite this process. To request a sponsor, please send an e-mail to the following address:

When we receive your request, we will assign an experienced KEARSARGE Sailor to assist you, from the department and division you will be working in. That person will be able to answer any questions you may have concerning life aboard the ship, the ship's schedule (unclassified portions), and what you may want to consider prior to checking aboard. Your sponsor will also assist you with getting to the ship.

KEARSARGE will be moored at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair.  BAE is located at 750 West Berkley Avenue, Norfolk, VA, 23523.  Contact your sponsor prior to arrival to ensure access to BAE. Once you arrive, your sponsor will commence the check-in process.

If you were not able to get in contact with a sponsor via email, you can always call the ship directly. The phone number to the Administrative Office is (757) 445-6035.

Again, congratulations on your orders to KEARSARGE. We look forward to your arrival. USS KEARSARGE - Proud, Trustworthy, Bold!

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Our Ombudsmen can be contacted at:

(757) 375-2800
(757) 375-2801


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

Below is a map and directions from Norfolk International Airport to Naval Station Norfolk.

  1. Start out going SOUTHWEST on NORVIEW AVE toward BROMLEY CT.
  2. Merge onto I-64 W / HAMPTON ROADS BELT toward HAMPTON / RICHMOND.
  3. Merge onto I-564 W via EXIT 276B on the LEFT toward VA-406 / NAVAL BASE / TERMINAL BLVD.
  4. I-564 W becomes VA-337 W / ADMIRAL TAUSSIG BLVD. From ADMIRAL TAUSSIG, Gates 3, 3A, 1 and 2 are accessible.



Below is some helpful information on your re-location to the Hampton Roads Area:

Sailors with families can contact the Navy housing office at 1-800-628-7510, (757) 445-2832 or online at Temporary lodging is available at the Navy Lodge, (757) 489-2656 or online at For additional local housing information, please contact the command sponsor at

For more information regarding Military Family Relocations, please visit or call (757) 444-2102.


Navy Housing

Navy housing for married personnel in the Hampton Roads area consists of several thousand enlisted units and several hundred officer units. Requests for application should be made in person or by writing the Housing Referral Office nearest your new duty station.

Housing Welcome Centers

Your orders require you to check into one of the Hampton Roads Housing Offices before you negotiate for off-base housing. They can help you locate civilian vacancies. The following are local Housing Office telephone numbers and addresses:

Norfolk Navy Housing Welcome Center
1126 N Military Hwy
Norfolk, VA 23502

Navy Housing Welcome Center/
Navy Public Works Center

7924 14th Street
Norfolk, VA 23505-1217
757-445-2832 or 800-628-7510

Housing Welcome Center
Navy Medical Center, Portsmouth
845 Sterling Cook Street
Portsmouth, VA 23708-5100
757-953-5404, DSN 565-2832, or 800-628-7510

Portsmouth Housing Office
Norfolk Housing Shipyard

129 1/2 Morning Side Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23702
757-399-0611, DSN 961-7620

Housing Welcome Center
Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek

2100 Independence Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
757-462-7448, DSN 253-7448

Housing Welcome Center
Naval Air Station, Oceana

1201 Paul Jones Circle
Virginia Beach, VA 23460-5120
757-433-2195, DSN 462-7448

Vehicle Registration

Base decals are required to drive your personally owned vehicle aboard Naval Station Norfolk. Base decals or temporary passes can be attained at the Pass and ID Office located at 9040 Hampton Boulevard in Building CD-9 outside of Naval Station Norfolk. The following documents must be presented to receive a base decal:

  • Valid driver's license
  • Current proof of registration
  • Proof of insurance
  • Military identification card

Pass and ID Hours:

For ID: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For Vehicle Passes: 6 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
Phone: 757-322-2978 or 757-322-2979

Virginia Driver's License

If you are an active duty member of the Armed Forces and stationed in Virginia, you, your spouse and dependent childrenwho are 16 years of age or older may drive with a valid driver's license issued by your home state or country. Vehicles registered in your name may be driven with valid out-of-state license plates. If you choose to register your vehicle in Virginia, you do not have to obtain a Virginia driver's license. Note: Your spouse and dependent children, if gainfully employed in Virginia, will be required to obtain a Virginia driver's license.

Virginia DMV Hours:

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. M-F
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. SAT
Central Phone: 757-461-1919