SCHEDULE: The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. Please arrive at the base between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. to ensure enough time to park, proceed through the security screening and arrive at the pier for seating by 10:30 a.m.
SECURITY: All guests will pass through a security checkpoint before entering the pier. Guests are required to have a ticket and photo identification (example: military ID, driver’s license, etc.) on their person for security access. The security checkpoint will include metal detectors, bag inspections and military working dogs. Do not bring weapons, large bags, backpacks, umbrellas or coolers. Purses will be allowed, but will be subject to inspection. Security measures are subject to change due to increases in force protection conditions.
SMOKING: Smoking is prohibited.
CAMERAS: The use of cameras (including video cameras) is permitted in the audience seating area.
UNIFORM: Official Party and SSN 787 Crew - Full Dress White. Other military attendees are requested to wear Summer White or service equivalent. Other guests may wear informal attire.
AFTER THE CEREMONY: Post Commissioning Reception adjacent to the pier. Tours will also be available following the ceremony.
OTHER INFORMATION: The ceremony will proceed, rain or shine. Please come prepared if inclement weather is forecasted.
Please follow the directions to the designated parking area on the reverse side of your invitation. Signs will be posted along the road. Further instructions will be given by parking lot attendants. Have your parking pass visible on the dashboard to assist attendants. Handicap parking lot will be available. Buses will be available to shuttle you to and from the pier if necessary.
Directions to Naval Station Norfolk
FROM I-64 EASTBOUND (PENINSULA)
I-64 E through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Take Exit 276 for I-564 to the Naval Base Merge onto I-564 W Continue on Admiral Taussig Boulevard Turn right into Gate 2
FROM I-64 WESTBOUND (VIRGINIA BEACH/CHESAPEAKE)
I-64 W Bear Left at split onto I-564 W (signs for I-564/VA-406/Naval Base/Terminal Blvd) Continue on Admiral Taussig Boulevard Turn right into Gate 2
FROM NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Exit airport, and continue straight (west) on Norview Avenue Exit right to on-ramp for I-64 W (Hampton/Richmond) Bear Left at split onto I-564 W (signs for I-564/VA-406/Naval Base/Terminal Blvd) Continue on Admiral Taussig Boulevard Turn right into Gate 2.