Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) - Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)


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6149 Welsh Rd, Suite 203
Code 00T
Dahlgren, VA 22448-5130
United States

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NSWCDD is one of the six divisions of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. The Dahlgren Division comprises three major sites: Naval Surface Warfare Center, NSWC Dahlgren in Dahlgren, Va.; NSWC Panama City in Panama City, Fla.; and the NSWC Dam Neck at Dam Neck in Virginia Beach, Va. NSWCDD is one of the U.S. Navy's principal research, development, and test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support activities for surface warfare, surface ship combat systems, ordnance, strategic systems, amphibious warfare, mines and mine countermeasures, and amphibious and special warfare systems. The Division conducts analysis, systems engineering, research, test, evaluation, and integration of important naval and joint warfare systems.

As a premier naval scientific and engineering institution, our role is to solve challenging and complex technological problems confronting today's warfighters- whether on land, in the air, on the sea, or in space-and to certify that systems sent to war work as advertised. Our longstanding tradition of excellence in these endeavors began with our establishment as a proving ground for large caliber guns on October 16, 1918. Since then, our research, development, testing, and evaluation efforts have consistently produced state-of-the-art combat and weapons systems-tools that empowered our warfighters in each subsequent era and conflict. Additionally, the roles that our technological contributions play in daily, global peacekeeping deepens our pride in our products.

We develop and certify all targeting and fire control programs for Trident submarines. All Aegis computer programs are certified and maintained here prior to installation for deployment. We lead a multi-lab Navy team that developed the capability and now certifies every battlegroup for interoperability. Certifying the safety of every weapon and ordnance system for the Navy and Marine Corps is our responsibility. All Navy sensors used to ensure a safe shipboard environment are designed and certified here. We develop advanced computing technologies and evaluate commercial computing technologies for designing future weapon and combat systems. Every lot of ammunition for Navy ships is approved here. Systems concepts for providing defense against ballistic and cruise missiles are evaluated for effectiveness, risk, and cost. We conduct analyses to determine the required number and capabilities for Navy combatant ships for the future.


The NSWCDD mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support for Surface Warfare, Surface Ship Combat Systems, Ordnance, Strategic Systems, Mines, Amphibious Warfare Systems, Mine Countermeasures, Special Warfare Systems.

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