Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center

Provides cradle-to-grave support for its technical products over a wide range of scientific areas related to surface and undersea platforms

9500 Macarthur Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817


This division, Navy’s center of excellence for ships and ship systems, is responsible for the maritime technology of the Navy. The scientists, engineers, and support personnel work in some of the best facilities and laboratories in West Bethesda, Maryland. Their main missions involve improving all of the technically aspects of the performance of ships, submarines, watercrafts, and vehicles.

As a major component and field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, the Carderock Division provides cradle-to-grave support for its technical products over a wide 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 the U.S. Congress to support maritime industry.

The facility was previously known as the David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center and later was renamed David Taylor Research Center (DTRC) in 1987 and later became the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in 1992.

The facility specialises in:
  • Environmental Quality Systems
  • Hull Forms & Propulsors
  • Ship Design & Integration
  • Signatures
  • Silencing Systems
  • Structures and Materials
  • Susceptibility

2,000 scientists, engineers, and support personnel.



The closest airports are Watertown International Airport located 19.4 miles from base and Hancock International Airport located 79.8 miles from base.


Directions from Watertown International Airport:
Head southwest on Pleasant St toward Fort Drum Rd.
Continue on NY-26 N/Fort Drum Rd.
Take US-11 S, I-781 and I-81 S to NY-12F W in Watertown
Take exit 46 from I-81 S
Follow NY-12F W to your destination in Hounsfield

Clark Hall and the Reception Activity is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week including holidays and days of no scheduled activities (DONSAs).


All in-processing Soldiers must sign in at Clark Hall, Bldg. 10720, Mount Belvedere Boulevard. A copy of DA Form 31 (Leave), assignment orders and/or amendments, health and dental records, and Military Personnel Record Jacket (if applicable) must be in your possession. Be prepared to fill out information sheets pertaining to DD Form 93 and SGLI (Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance) updates and medical pre-screening forms, to expedite your in-processing at Fort Drum.


If your arrival is at Watertown International Airport or Syracuse Hancock International Airport it is your responsibility to coordinate and complete your travel to Fort Drum. Ensure that you save all of your receipts so that you can make an appropriate travel claim when you in-process the installation.


The Reception Activity shuttle makes runs to the Syracuse and Watertown airport and the Watertown Bus Station to pickup newly arriving Soldiers and Families twice a day, if needed and weather permitting. Volunteers at the CPL Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room located next to baggage claim at the Syracuse airport will assist you with making transportation arrangements if needed. Paid bus service from Syracuse to Watertown is available. Visit the Adirondack Trailways website for Bus Schedule and Fare Information, entering Syracuse, New York as the Departure Location and Watertown, New York as the Arrival Location. Once you arrive in Watertown, there are several taxi cab companies available to take you to Fort Drum.


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The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


Every child between the ages of 5 and 17 must attend school. All children who will be 5 years old by September 1 of any given year must attend school in either a licensed private or public school Kindergarten that year.

In 2010, Maryland along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit

Montgomery County School District

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.

Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Maryland Department of Human Resources 240-777-5000
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.

Montgomery County Children Services 240-777-4417
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

Montgomery County Animal Services 240-252-2555
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Montgomery County Dept of Public Health 240-777-0311

Highway Patrol 301-424-2101

Base Operator 301-227-2828



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In Bethesda, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold and windy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 87°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 95°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Bethesda for warm-weather activities are for the entire month of June and from early August to late September.

Compared to the state average of Maryland the cost of living index in Bethesda, MD is 192, which is 60% higher than the average in Maryland and compared to the national average it is 92% higher than.

If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Bethesda, MD goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Maryland and are 13% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Bethesda, one of the most renowned communities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, is known as the go-to place for ethnic restaurants, great shopping, trendy hot spots. Bethesda’s Art and Entertainment District is brimming with inspiring artists and art venues, like the Strathmore, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club; art events, unique galleries and public art fill the streets.

Strathmore has been a beacon for performing arts in Maryland since 1981. The 1,976-seat theater regularly hosts favorites including the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Walk the elaborate Sculpture Gardens, enjoy tea in the Strathmore Mansion, or catch a music festival on the front lawn.

One of the hottest evening and weekend destinations in North Bethesda, Pike & Rose is packed with an array of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Stay at the new Canopy by Hilton, grab a drink with friends at City Perch and enjoy grown-up bowling and bocce paired with exceptional Italian and American cuisine at Pinstripes.

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