Happy 100th birthday, Naval Station Norfolk!

The Naval Station Norfolk turns 100 and has a birthday party with cake to celebrate.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Wednesday was a special day for Naval Station Norfolk: it officially turned 100  years old!

The base dates back to June 28, 1917, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation to purchase the former Jamestown Exposition site, along with additional land for use as a Naval Operating Base.

WATCH: 13News Now presents a special report - Naval Station Norfolk: 100 Years of Service

The site was established as Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads Virginia and was made up of Fifth Naval District Headquarters, Naval Training Station, Naval Air Station, Submarine Station, and Naval Hospital.

In 1945, Naval Operating Base Norfolk was renamed Naval Station Norfolk. The move was part of an effort to standardize base names, according to the governor's announcement.

Finally, in 1999, Naval Air Station Norfolk and Naval Station Norfolk merged into a single entity called Naval Station Norfolk.

The base is currently the largest naval station in the world!

PHOTOS: Naval Station Norfolk through the years

"A Century of Service: Naval Station Norfolk, Then and Now" will air again on television this Saturday, July 1 at 2 p.m. on 13News Now.

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