Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center
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.
- Environmental Quality Systems
- Hull Forms & Propulsors
- Ship Design & Integration
- Silencing Systems
- Structures and Materials
2,000 scientists, engineers, and support personnel.