PCS Orders to NNSY Portsmouth, VA: To Do Checklist


  1. Join the local Facebook groups- Norfolk Naval Shipyard is very small, but it’s super close to the biggest Naval base in the world! Here are some Facebook pages to the Norfolk Naval Base that will keep you informed on the local events. This one is a page where you can get advice from the local military spouses, and this one will keep you up to date on the shipyard. Wavy 10 is the local news channel. They also have an app you can download.  Here is the Facebook page for Norfolk Naval Station.
  1. Living on base? – Don’t. Lincoln Military Housing is the housing company for the Navy bases in Virginia. They are terrible. Multiple times our power went out, our water shut off without warning, and the housing office never answers the phone. Our heater went out in the winter and it was 30 degrees outside. Do you know what maintenance told me? That the heater was old so it won’t be able to keep up with the cold, and there’s nothing they could do about it. I lived in a 45-degree house until my husband got back from deployment and got his command involved.  They also have been sued for mold issues. We struggled with mold issues ourselves.  We lived in Stanley Court and we learned something scary while there…that the attics to some of the units are connected. That means that our neighbors could go through their attic door, crawl over to our house, and enter our home through our attic door. Scary! Don’t be fooled by Stanley Court’s flat rate rent either. The units are run-down and in a very crime-ridden community. The military housing is not gated. I would, personally, rent a house or apartment in nearby towns such as Chesapeake or Suffolk for a safer community and better maintenance experiences.
  2. Get an E-Z Pass- The main roads, tunnels, and bridges in the Hampton Road (Norfolk, Portsmouth, VA Beach) area are all tolled. You can drive through without an E-Z Pass and they’ll take a picture of your plate then send you a bill in the mail. They’ve had issues with billing in the past though, so I would get an E-Z Pass to save yourself from the billing hassle and save some money. E-Z Pass users get discounted toll charges. You can purchase an E-Z Pass at the Norfolk base NEX or read this link for more locations.
  3. Checkout the base website for information on classes, business hours, and more. This is the Norfolk base MWR page.

Once you’re all settled in check out this post for fun things to do in the area and this post for fun things to do in D.C.   There is so much to do in Virginia, it really can be a fun duty station to get sent to. Just pick your housing well, then enjoy your time there! This post will give you some advice on surviving the rigorous shipyard schedules. Getting orders to a shipyard does not always mean no deployments (my husband was sent on a deployment with another submarine as a “rider” while attached to a boat in the Portsmouth shipyards), and the hours are long and unpredictable. Keep yourself busy and you’ll make it through!

One thought on “PCS Orders to NNSY Portsmouth, VA: To Do Checklist

  1. Megan

    July 12, 2017 at 2:30pm

    I live in NOVA, near D.C. and the need for an EZPass is so true. Though there are a lot of ways to go toll-free, usually the traffic is so horrendous that being able to zip through on a toll road is worth it! Not to mention if you ever want to travel north to New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey it’s much better and cheaper to have one!

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  2. Oyinkan Ogunleye

    July 10, 2017 at 5:54pm

    I feel like we all need ez passes nowadays. Theyre changing everything to casless tolls!

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  3. Wildish Jess

    July 7, 2017 at 9:55pm

    Be prepared to be moving to the ghetto if you’re in Portsmouth. Why they would put a base there blows my mind. You think they would try to build the area up more. Norfolk is much nicer though!

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  4. ohmummymia

    July 6, 2017 at 8:31pm

    I don’t know anyone from US Navy but I’m sure that your tips are really good for everyone who planning to move to the

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  5. Nicole Caudle

    July 6, 2017 at 5:42pm

    These are great tips. I will certainly be sharing with a few people I know.

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  6. Sandra Crespo

    July 5, 2017 at 1:56am

    Great tips ty for sharing! We travel full time and if we are ever in that part of Virginia I have to keep this in mind!

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  7. hey sharonoox

    July 4, 2017 at 6:14pm

    This is a helpful tips for US Navy family. I’ve never been to Portsmouth but I want to visit their boatyard and big marine ships.

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  8. Samantha Bye

    July 4, 2017 at 1:06pm

    I felt your pain when I read about your heater going off. I’ve experienced that one, it’s horrible!

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  9. Chemady

    July 4, 2017 at 9:04am

    Great post for those moving to Norfolk. They will really find it helpful.

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  10. Nay

    July 4, 2017 at 6:00am

    I love posts like these. Moving to a new area is stressful so ideas from people who live there are a must!

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  11. Heather Johnson

    July 4, 2017 at 2:19am

    E-Z Pass is a must if you are travelling anywhere with a lot of tolls. I had one when I was in NYC two years ago.

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  12. Jenn JG

    July 4, 2017 at 1:33am

    Such great info for a family moving that way! God bless the military and their families for all they do

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  13. Sarah Bailey

    July 3, 2017 at 9:50pm

    This is such a great post for those who are having to move, real insight from people who have been there is a must.

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  14. Perla

    July 3, 2017 at 8:42pm

    I moved several times in my life and even now I’m thinking at the next move to another country. Thanks for sharing these tips!

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  15. Nina Bashaw

    July 3, 2017 at 8:32pm

    What a great post for those that are planning a move to the area. Wonderful practical tips for those needing help when getting settled in to a new home.

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  16. Corinne & Kirsty

    July 3, 2017 at 6:01pm

    A really useful post for anything moving in the area. I had never been in the region so I would have no idea. xx corinne

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  17. Sherry

    July 3, 2017 at 12:58pm

    good that you are sharing as I live in Malaysia. I had a US navy friend before from U.S his named was Brian Wheeler, he was my online pen pal. We lost contact after he last emailed to me saying that he’s getting married. It was so long, in 90s. He used to tell me of his Navy stories too.

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  18. Tammy

    July 3, 2017 at 12:22pm

    Great post for moving to VA. I remember moving several times when my dad was in the Navy and having to learn all over again. But we made it an adventure for sure.

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