Virtual Hampton Roads History: D-Day Ships from the Old Norfolk Navy Yard

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Take a walk back into history with Marcus Robbins of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, as the historian and archivist talks of the ships built at the yard that took part in the invasion of Normandy.


About the presentation

June 6, 1944: D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. On this historic day, an overwhelming naval presence turned the tide leading to eventual victory in Europe.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard, as it’s known today, made significant contributions to the Allies’ victory — completed repairs on three battleships (USS Texas, USS Nevada, and USS Arkansas); and constructed three minesweepers (USS Osprey, USS Raven, and USS Auk), two destroyers (USS Herndon and USS Shubrick), 50 Landing Craft Mechanized (LCMs), and 10 Tank Landing Ships (LSTs) — all saw action on that epic day 77 years ago.

Come hear Marcus W. Robbins shares stories of the men and women at Portsmouth, Virginia’s old Norfolk Navy Yard, and tells how their work helped take the fight “Over There.”