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Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division 

Part of the Naval Surface Warfare Centers under the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
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 grew from a tiny proving ground for testing naval guns to be among the largest research and development centers in the United States. 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.


The future promises to be highlighted by the hopes and dreams of even greater achievements as Dahlgren excels to its new mission: to provide research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support for surface warfare systems, surface ship combat systems, ordnance, mines, amphibious warfare systems, mine countermeasures, special warfare systems, and strategic systems.


Dahlgren was established in 1918 as the Naval Proving Ground, and named Dahlgren in honor of Rear Admiral John Adolphus Dahlgren, who is considered the father of modern naval ordnance. Prior to 1918, the Navy had operated a proving ground at Indian Head, Maryland, which became inadequate with advances in ordnance during World War I. A range of 90,000 yards down the Potomac River was provided by the move to Dahlgren.


Dahlgren was then an extremely remote area. Thus, to recruit and retain the highly specialized work force required, the Navy provided housing, food and medical services, schools and recreational facilities, and many other community services.

Arriving at Dahlgren
Arriving During Duty Hours Check-In
All incoming military personnel should report to their Command for inprocessing 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.
After Duty Hours Check-In
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 inprocessing.
Inprocessing Documents
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.

Base Population

The NSWCDD employs approximately 5,700 scientists & engineers at the Dalhgren organization and more than 350 at CDSADN

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