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Visit a Submarine With MOAA — 14 Sept

7 Sep 2019 13:49 | Robert Aeschbach (Administrator)

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Hampton Roads Chapter, has arranged hour-long submarine tours of one of the two nuclear attack submarines USS Boise and USS Albany.  Each sub will take 25 visitors per hour broken into 3 groups, each led by a crew member.  Tours will start at 9:00 a.m. and the last tour, if enough people sign up, will be at 1:00 p.m.

Visitors must carry a picture ID, be at least 12 years old, be able to climb a 10’ vertical ladder unassisted  to enter and exit the sub, and cannot be claustrophobic.  Submarines have NO provisions for the handicapped.

The subs will be at Pier 3 at Naval Station Norfolk. You need not be a member of HRCMOAA and you can bring other guests if they are current officers, former officers, retired officers, their spouses, widows, significant others, children, children’s spouses and grandchildren 12 or older. You can bring a non-officer friend if you need to bring someone with a military ID in your car or they are a special friend.

There are parking spaces on the Naval Station near Pier 3

You will need to leave all cameras, cell phones and other electronics in your car; they will not be allowed on the submarine.  Everyone will need a picture ID.

To sign up for the submarine tour email bobpetraarmour@cox.net by Wednesday, September 11th. He will need to know:

  • Your name and rank, email address, cell phone number and your preference for an early, mid or late morning tour.  You will be the sponsor for any guests you bring.
  • The name, rank if applicable and relationship to the sponsor [wife, son, friend, etc.] of each of your guests.  Children must be 12 or older.


He will send those who sign up for the submarine tour additional details next Thursday or Friday.  I will assign you a time for your party to be at Pier 3 on the Naval Station Norfolk.  Your wait time should be about a half hour but we will be ahead of schedule some of the time.

On Weekends, Gate 5 to the destroyer & submarine piers is closed.  Enter the base through Gate 2, at the end of Hampton Blvd.

Someone in the car will have to have a military ID card to enter the Naval Station.

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