Commissioning Questions

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We are not currently accepting ticket requests.

We expect a ticket request button will be added to this site after United States Navy announces the official commissioning ceremony date.  

The ceremony may occur in 2025.

Commissioning ceremony questions


The commissioning ceremony is a rain-or-shine event.


Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia

Who attends?

Be advised we expect 20,000 guests to attend the ceremony

How do I attend a ceremony?

The public may attend the ceremony but regardless of age a ticket is required. You must register each attendee into our database.

If you are a crewmember’s family, you do not need to complete the online form. Each sailor will be directed by Command to submit a list of their guests. They will be seated in a reserved seating area.

Tickets are mailed by United States Navy via USPS.

Commissioning Ceremony Timeline

The commissioning ceremony will take approx. 1 ½ hours. Guests must be in place a minimum of two hours prior. Magnetometers will be used at entrance of the pier. Be prepared for this security check. All items are available for search including strollers and scooters.

Handicap Accessibility

Notification for accessibility is required via a request form. 


Be advised to follow the rules and regulations set forth in your invitation-Must have a valid photo ID, bags or coolers are not prohibited. Handbags will be searched. Individuals must go through magnetometers. Personal cameras are allowed.

Personal Vehicles

If you are using your own vehicle, Typically your commissioning ticket serves as base access.  A map of parking areas is included in your ticket package.

Contact Us


Navy League of the United States, Hampton Roads is a nonstock corporation organized under the laws of Virginia and tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. A financial statement is available upon written request from the Office of Consumer Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia. Donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

General Questions

Navy League of the United States
Hampton Roads
600 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 202
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452
Phone: 757-486-7654
Fax: 757-486-7803

Become a Part of United States Navy History

Contributions in any amount are welcomed. Your generosity will be recognized on the donor page of this site as well as in our commissioning publication, given to all guests attending the commissioning ceremony.