Re: Virginia Naval Base
Chuck Batteau (charles.r.batteau@BELLATLANTIC.COM)
Wed, 17 Jun 1998 10:08:16 -0400
Bruce Oldmixon asked
> our PLC ... decided to try to go to the naval base in Virginia
> and stay on a ship. They have asked ... where to begin. If
> anyone has any contacts or knows who to call ...
Our troop has gone to Norfolk Naval base several times in the
past years. We have had tours of submarines, destroyers, LCDs
(Marine Corps landing craft), etc. (We've wanted to tour a carrier,
but those are tough to schedule; I plan to seek the help of our
US Senator John Warner next time.) However, each time we stayed in
base housing of some sort. To my knowledge, NNB does not offer
any stays on ships. NNB is an ACTIVE naval base and the ships there
are on "active duty." That DOESN'T mean that they must be able to
"ship out" within an hour (when the ship is in port most of the off-
duty crew is NOT on board), but it DOES mean that the ship has live
ammunition, classified documents and equipment, etc. on board,
training and maintenance work is being done daily, etc. It's
easy enough to secure these while a tour is going through the ship,
but it is impractical to have a "sleepover" with such stuff aboard.
There ARE locations which have "retired" ships offering sleepovers.
My church's youth group stayed at one; I believe it was the USS
Yorktown (a carrier) somewhere in South Carolina. If you look in
the back of Scouting Magazine you'll find several ads for ships
which offer sleepovers. They aren't cheap, but those who have been
on the tours have come back with very enthusiastic about it.
Norfolk Naval Base is a great place to visit. If you're interested,
the contact is SH1 Ron Hurt, 757-445-5524.
SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen, VA
Maybe they meant an hour a DAY!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City