Congratulations on your assignment to USS WHIDBEY ISLAND "First in her class, First always". You are about to embark on the most rewarding and challenging tours of your naval career. WHIDBEY ISLAND officers and crew have set very high standards and the Ship's reputation speaks for itself. As the best ship on the east coast, the officers, chiefs and crew aboard WHIDBEY ISLAND, together with elements of a marine expeditionary unit and other detachments, perform as an integrated amphibious warfare blue/green team.
The Chain of Command stands by to assist and welcome you, and to make your transition as smooth as possible. To help with any questions you may have please contact our Command Sponsor Coordinator and be in direct contact with the Commanding Officer, Command Master Chief, and the Command Sponsor Coordinator. If you are flying in, call the ship's quarterdeck at 757-462-7474 or 757-353-8753 upon arrival and we'll have a Ship representative pick you up. If our ship is NOT in port, check in with the USO/Military Liaison Counter at the Norfolk International Airport and they can provide you with transportation information to Transient Personnel Unit (TPU). TPU is located at 1683 Gilbert Street, Bldg J-50 (Nimitz Hall), Naval Station Norfolk. TPU's telephone number is 757-445-1640. For more information contact us through messenger on the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND's Official Facebook page.
The ombudsman is a spouse of one of the command's active duty members. If you have a question or a problem and aren't sure where to turn, contact our ombudsman. Ombudsmen are volunteers personally selected by the commanding officer. Being an ombudsman takes dedication, patience, and a desire to help. As official representatives of the USS WHIDBEY ISALND families, our ombudsmen play a vital role in establishing good communications between the command and the family members assigned to USS WHIDBEY ISLAND. Ombudsmen are the tool for passing along information, such as the ship's schedule, deployment program information, messages sent from the ship when deployed, resources available in the civilian or military community, and an understanding of the military lifestyle.
Ombudsmen also help to provide comfort and support to the command's family members. They provide information, problem-solving abilities, friendship, and a helping hand. The ombudsman is not a mediator and does not get involved in chain-of-command matters. Rather, the ombudsman can quickly direct you to the right resource to provide help with your particular concern. They handle problems ranging from minor to very serious.
Local Navy Lodges
When you arrive in Norfolk, you and your family may need to stay in the Navy Lodge while awaiting housing. There are two Navy Lodges in the Hampton Roads area. Be aware, they are very popular and you will need to book your room as far in advance as possible. Talk to the housing office about your housing options before you finalize plans to bring your family to Norfolk.
There are two Navy Lodges in the Hampton Roads area. They are:
1125 Gator Blvd. Building 3335
Virginia Beach, VA 23459-3297
7811 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 757-489-2656
For reservations call 1-800-NAVY-INN