James Shoemaker

The History of Norfolk Naval Shipyard

The Long History of Norfolk Naval Shipyard is intertwined and inextricably linked to the nation itself. Founded in 1767 and continuing to this day it has endured under four flags, the British, the State of Virginia, the Confederacy and the United States. While the shipyard has been, and continues to be, at the tip of the spear for the defense of our nation, the real story is about its’ people, be that the sailor who spent a few days in the yard getting their ship repaired, the military who have served there, or the many generations of Tidewater families who have worked there.


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