10/18 12:15 p.m. UPDATE: Beginning Saturday, Oct. 19, Naval Station Norfolk will resume offering tours of the installation. Tours were suspended Oct. 7th due to the government shutdown.
The tours depart from the Naval Tour and Information Center located at 9079 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, Virginia 23505, next to Gate 5. For more information, call (757) 444-7955.
Tour times are 11 a.m., Noon, 1 and 2 p.m. The 45-minute, non-stop, narrated tour allows visitors the opportunity to see aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious ships and one of the busiest airfields in the country. The tour also features historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-11 and senior citizens over the age of 60, payable in cash only. A photo ID is required for all adults.
NORFOLK-Due to the government shutdown, the Navy suspended tours of Naval Station Norfolk Monday.
That is bad news for a charter company in Hampton. Tidewater Tours and Charter has been in business for more than 20 years. The company operations manager said Tuesday that the family-owned business may have to close if shutdown doesn't end soon.
In a press release, Navy spokesman Terri Davis wrote, "By law in the event of a lapse in appropriations, the Department of Defense can only conduct activities designed to protect safety of life and property; support specific military operations approved by the Secretary of Defense; maintain police, fire, and emergency medical protection; and activities labeled "excepted activities."
Davis said tours are suspended until further notice.