NORFOLK, Va. - All the Navy's Hawkeye and Greyhound aircraft that call Naval Station Norfolk home will temporarily shift to Naval Air Station Oceana as a major resurfacing of the runway at Chambers Field gets underway.
The $16.9 million dollar project is set to start Monday and includes resurfacing the runway, updating the electrical infrastructure, replacing navigational aides, and upgrading signage.
During the work, Chambers Field will be closed to fixed-wing aircraft.
In addition to the E-2C Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound squadrons shifting to Virginia Beach, Air Mobility Command passenger operations will temporarily move to Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Cargo operations that normally go through Chambers Field will shift to Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina.
The Navy says helicopter operations will be unaffected and remain at Naval Station Norfolk.
Resurfacing the runway is a task that usually happens every 15 years. It was last done at Chambers Field in 2005. Since then, the Navy says the runway has averaged 44,000 take offs and landings per year, making it one of the busiest military runways on the East Coast.
The project is expected to be finished by June 30.