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In installment two of our series on the origins of Naval Air Station Oceana, we delve into the Hampton Roads Naval Museum files to glean what we can about the nine similar facilities commissioned 75 years ago, and what has happened to them since then.    
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Seventy-Five Years Ago: Beating Plowshares into Patrol Planes, Part 2
As the nation girded itself for total war at the beginning of the 1940s, ten stark white concrete triangular forms appeared among the irregular patchwork of farm fields and woods in the Tidewater region and along the coast of the Mid-Atlantic. The last of ...
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Seventy-five years ago, the last of ten small airfields designed to bring relief to the woefully overcrowded Naval Air Station Norfolk was commissioned in what was then known as Princess Anne County (now the City of Virginia Beach).  Although it would rise from humble beginnings to become the master jet base of the East Coast, it bears mentioning that at the very beginning, it was just one of many similar facilities and its opening garnered little media attention.  Find out more about these ten airfields in the following two HRNM blog posts.
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Seventy-Five Years Ago: Beating Plowshares into Patrol Planes, Part 1
From right to left, Rear Admiral Patrick N.L. Bellinger, Commander, Air Force, Atlantic Fleet  attends the ceremony establishing Oceana Naval Auxillary Air Station on August 17, 1943, along with with Oceana's first officer-in-charge, Lieutenant Jesse Fairle...
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Time for another summer reading selection (which will be available in September), regarding a naval hero you might not have heard about. 
In the Offing: A Forgotten Fictional Hero's Return
In the Offing: A Forgotten Fictional Hero's Return
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In the Offing: A Forgotten Fictional Hero's Return
The Best of Don Winslow of the Navy Edited by Craig Yoe  ( Annapolis, Dead Reckoning, 2018 ) Reviewed by M.C. Farrington   One of the many laudable goals historians pursue is resurrecting heroes of history from the depths of obscurity so that they may be ap...
In the Offing: A Forgotten Fictional Hero's Return
In the Offing: A Forgotten Fictional Hero's Return
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After a bit of a summer hiatus we have a new post from contributing writer Capt. Alexander Monroe that reminds us that the military profession can be a perilous practice, even during a routine training mission in Hampton Roads.  A local static aircraft on display at Naval Station Norfolk attests to those who perished a stone’s throw from the beautiful homes and golf courses of Virginia Beach minutes after lifting off from Naval Air Station Oceana 26 years ago.    
Naval Station Norfolk's Silent Sea Stallion
Naval Station Norfolk's Silent Sea Stallion
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Naval Station Norfolk's Silent Sea Stallion
By Captain Alexander G. Monroe, USN (Ret) HRNM Docent & Contributing Writer Weighing in at 11.5 tons, the RH-53D, shown here with the memorial to the men killed aboard a similar aircraft on June 19, 1992, is the heaviest aircraft at Ely Memorial Park. ( M.C...
Naval Station Norfolk's Silent Sea Stallion
Naval Station Norfolk's Silent Sea Stallion
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Sewells Point, home of the world's largest naval station, was once crisscrossed by lush salt marshes bordering creeks that were filled in many decades ago. A modest nature park has reintroduced some of the original flora to the area, bearing the name of a man who reintroduced order, discipline, and cleanliness to the naval station at a critical time in its history. This is his story, related by Captain Alexander "Sandy" Monroe.
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Captain Paul Merwin and the Renissance of Naval Station Norfolk
Editor's Note: Sewells Point, home of the world's largest naval station, was once crisscrossed by lush salt marshes bordering creeks that were filled in many decades ago. A modest nature park has reintroduced some of the original flora to the area, bearing...
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