Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division

Naval Support Activity South Potomac

6149 Suite 203, Welsh Rd, Dahlgren, VA 22448


The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division is a premier research and development center that serves as a specialty site for weapon system integration. It is a tenant unit of Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. The center rapidly introduces new technology into complex warfighting systems and excel based on their longstanding competencies in Science and Technology, Research and Development, and Test and Evaluation.


NSWCDD’s mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, analysis, systems engineering, integration and certification of complex naval warfare systems. Through the years, Dahlgren established itself as the major testing area for naval guns and ammunition. Today, it continues to provide the military with testing and certification by utilizing its Potomac River Test Range in Dahlgren, VA, and provides Fleet support at NSWC Dahlgren Division Dam Neck Activity, overlooking the Virginia Capes Fleet Operations Area, Virginia Beach, VA.


NSWCDD conducts basic research in all systems-related areas and pursues scientific disciplines including physics, mathematics, laser and computer technology, software, mechanical, electrical and systems engineering, and biotechnology and chemistry. As a premier naval scientific and engineering institution, Dahlgren technology is critical to new design concepts for current ships and for systems integration and interoperability for the U.S. Navy.

The NSWCDD employs approximately 5,700 scientists & engineers.  Naval Support Facility Dahlgren employs approximately 360 DoD active-duty military personnel, approximately 450 military family members, over 4,600 DoD civilian employees, and over 1,800 defense contractor employees.



Dahlgren is located about 30 miles east of Fredericksburg, VA approximately an hour and a half south of Washington, D.C. and an hour and forty minutes north of Richmond, Virginia. The closest airport is Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

If you are arriving by train or bus, both make stops in Fredericksburg about 30 miles from Dahlgren. The Amtrak train stops in downtown Fredericksburg and there is a Greyhound bus station on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg located across the street from the famous Carl’s Ice Cream Stand. There is no public transportation to Dahlgren. Taxi service is available but can be expensive ($60). Recommend military members arrange transportation with their Command sponsor or request a Command duty driver.


All incoming military personnel should report to their Command for in-processing directions and guidance. Single or unaccompanied military will be assigned billeting quarters at the Potomac Inn Billeting Office, Bldg 960. Military members accompanied by their families should be escorted to temporary lodging and Base Housing and then to Command for reporting and in-processing.


If you report to Dahlgren after duty hours or on holidays and weekends, check in with the BEQ/BOQ Billeting Registration Desk, Bldg 960. The next day of business, you should report to your Command to begin in-processing.


Incoming personnel should have a copy of their orders, any leave forms, copies of travel receipts, copies of any travel advances, military ID cards, drivers license, and auto insurance information. Families with school age children should have their birth certificates, immunization records, social security cards, and current physical certification.


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Virginia’s compulsory attendance law states that all children who are 5 years old on or before September 30 of the school year must attend school. This could include public school, private school, a public or private preschool program, a private tutor, or home instruction.

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King George Children Services 540-775-3544
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Highway Patrol 540-775-2049

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On-base housing at Naval Surface Warfare Center and Naval Support Facility Dahlgren is privatized and managed by Lincoln Military Housing. PPV Housing currently manages 203 homes consisting of townhouses, single family homes and colonials. All homes are located on the base consisting of five neighborhoods – Bungalows, Field Grade Colonials, Sampson Road, Townhouses and Welsh Road. For active duty military, no credit check or security deposit is required when rent is paid by allotment. Lease terms are 6 months and utilities are included in the rent. To view PPV homes, features and amenities, community service events, policies, area information and more, please visit

The Navy manages the application of housing and the waiting list and the privatized partner makes the assignment and is responsible for all property management and meeting all of the resident’s day to day housing needs.

Eligibility is determined by your pay grade and the number of dependents who will reside in the home full-time.

To apply for family housing you will need to submit an Application for Assignment to Housing (DD Form 1746), a copy of orders showing detachment date and certification of bona fide family members. Examples of acceptable forms of documentation are the USN-Emergency Data application (Page 2); USMC NAVMC 10922; USA & USAF – DD Form 93; USCG-4170. Application may be made in person or submitted by mail, fax or email.

Naval Support Facility Dahlgren UH, formerly known as Bachelor Housing, houses approximately 246 Service Members in two buildings: Building 962 and 959. Our UH staff will determine and explain your eligibility and housing options. Most personnel, E1-E3 and E4 < 4, will be required to live in UH. More senior personnel may, under certain circumstances, be eligible to live in UH, but are expected to reside in the local community.

Upon assignment to UH, the front desk staff will schedule a time for your UH indoctrination and joint assignment inspection. All of our rooms are assigned in a clean, well-maintained state and are fully furnished. The purpose of the joint inspection is to document the status of the room and furnishings at the time of check-in. During your stay, it is your responsibility to promptly report all maintenance problems and required repairs. When you check-out, you will conduct a joint termination inspection with the front desk staff to document the status at check-out. Your front desk staff will explain the process during indoctrination.

Naval Support Facility Dahlgren UH is conveniently located near the main gate of the base on 17410 Potomac Inn Road. Walking distance to Grays Landing (formerly the galley), chapel, gym, Liberty Center, bowling alley, the Navy Exchange and Commissary, Building 962 serves as the check-in point for both buildings. Linen is provided at check-in.

Family Housing:(540) 653-8505/8506
UH: (540) 653-2307 / 2308


Presidential Lakes

10.9 miles from base

Presidential Lakes is a quiet and family-friendly neighborhood. There is a neighborhood lake and man-made beach for the residents, as well as a basketball park and park for kids. There are schools for all ages within walking distance and it is a safe area.

Aquia Harbour

20.4 miles from base

Aquia Harbour is a nice neighborhood with easy access to everything. There are pools, trails, stables, a country club, marina, and a gated community. The neighborhood is friendly and social.

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In Dahlgren, the summers are warm and muggy, the winters are very cold and wet, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 88°F and is rarely below 16°F or above 95°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 88°F and low of 71°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 53°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 29°F and high of 45°F.

The wetter season lasts 4.0 months, from April 26 to August 27, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on July 15. The drier season lasts 8.0 months, from August 27 to April 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on October 20.

The overall cost of living index in Dahlgren, VA is 114, which is 6% higher than the Virginia average and 14% higher than the national average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Dahlgren, VA are 9% higher than the Virginia average and 9% higher than the national average.

Naval Support Facility Dahlgren is located in Dahlgren, Virginia, in King George County. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department (MWR) at NSF Dahlgren offers a wide range of recreational facilities and activities for active duty military, retired military, reservists on active duty, Department of Defense civilian employees (Civil Service and non-appropriated), family members in all of these categories and NSA South Potomac contractors and their family members. Programs include year-round indoor swimming pool, physical fitness center, sports leagues, and bowling leagues at our state-of- the-art bowling center, child development and youth programs, a variety of food and beverage services. Additional recreational activities include Movie Theater, monthly and weekly events at the Dahlgren General Library, seasonal indoor and outdoor events, as well as the sales and service of our information, tickets and tours office to help guide you to local attractions in the surrounding area. Visit for more information.

Machodoc Creek Marina is a 64 slip marina with deep water access to the Potomac River on the Upper Machodoc Creek in Historic King George County Virginia. Paddle boards/tandem kayaks and canoe are available (seasonally) by the hour/half day or day. Come see the wildlife and explore the beautiful creek while getting some fun exercise!

At Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery, you can enjoy the Bordeaux-style reds and Rhine-style whites in the relaxed Old World atmosphere of the post-and-beam tasting room. Unique Artisan gift shop with deck, flower beds, and quiet picnic areas.

Caledon State Park is a National Natural Landmark known for its old growth forest and summer home to one of the largest concentrations of American bald eagles on the East Coast. To protect the eagles, access to marshes and the Potomac River is limited. However, tours of the eagle habitat are offered seasonally.

Colonial Beach, Virginia is a river and beach town located approximately 14 miles from Dahlgren. It is bounded by the Potomac River, Monroe Bay and Monroe Creek and home to the second-largest beachfront in the state.

Some other points of interest include Peddlers Market, Northern Neck Heritage Trail Bicycling Route, Barnesfield Park, Dockside Restaurant & Tiki Bar, and Cameron Hills Golf Links. For more information about things to do in Dahlgren, visit

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