Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) - Carderock Division


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9500 MacArthur Blvd.
Code 012
West Bethesda, MD 20817-5700
United States

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The Carderock Division consists of approximately 3,800 scientists, engineers and support personnel working in more than 40 disciplines ranging from fundamental science to applied/in-service engineering. We are the Navy's experts for maritime technology. Headquartered in West Bethesda, Md., the Division houses world-class facilities and laboratories. A major operating site in Philadelphia is recognized as the center for naval machinery. The Division also conducts research and development at several remote sites across the country. As a major component of the Naval Sea Systems Command the Carderock Division provides cradle-to-grave support for its technical products over an enormous range of scientific areas related to surface and undersea platforms. The Division addresses the full spectrum of applied maritime science and technology, from the theoretical and conceptual beginnings, through design and acquisition, to implementation and follow-on engineering. This includes all technical aspects of improving the performance of ships, submarines, military water craft, and unmanned vehicles, as well as research for military logistics systems. In addition, the Division is uniquely chartered by Congress to support America's maritime industry.


The mission of the Carderock Division is to provide: research, development, test and evaluation, fleet support, and in-service engineering for surface and undersea vehicle hull, mechanical, and electrical (HM&E) systems and propulsors; logistics research and development; and support to the Maritime Administration and maritime industry.

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