The Virginia Capes
are the two capes, Cape Charles to the north and Cape Henry
to the south, that define the entrance to Chesapeake Bay
on the eastern coast of North America
The importance of Chesapeake Bay in American history has long made the Capes strategically significant, most famously in the naval Battle of the Chesapeake that was a crucial step in winning the American Revolutionary War.
More recently, because of the proximity of the naval yards at Norfolk and Newport News, the Capes area has often been used for the initial trials of new Navy ships.