NSAW Naval Support Activity Washington

Ceremonial and administrative center for the U.S. Navy

Home to the Chief of Naval Operations

4555 Overlook Ave SW, Washington, DC 20375


Washington DC Navy Yard is the first and most important shipyard the United States Navy ever had access to during its history. It is, therefore, the oldest military installation of this field. The facility is located in the southeastern part of Washington, DC. These days, the shipyard serves as an administrative center and hosts the headquarters of a few classified units and institutions. In 1998, the lack of care for this site has brought in the Superfund status. The places that are “awarded” with this status are very risky due to the high levels of contamination with hazardous and harmful substances. Once they are located, these places are taken through a comprehensive process that takes years, only to eliminate the potential risks over the inhabitants and the good going of the facilities. The center is still operated by the United States Navy.

The history of Washington DC Navy Yard has multiple aspects to cover. Although the installation was established with a military purpose, it has a cultural role too. Its history dates back to the summer of 1799. The authorities purchased the land for the construction, which began right away. It only took the workers a few months to set up the base. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on October, 2-nd, 1799. The base was also commissioned to the United States Navy in the same day. The first commander was Thomas Thingey. He remained in the function for almost three decades. The first years defined the future of this installation. It only took the base a few years to become the most important shipyard in the US Navy. It had a few dozen ships hosted on site, ranging in size and importance.

The War of 1812 is the first major battle that tried the abilities of Washington DC Navy Yard. The installation was not just dealing with all the ships requiring reparations and new designs, but also played a major role in defending the capital of the country, located in the immediate proximity. The upcoming two major wars – the American Civil War and World War I – didn’t change the primary mission and objectives of this facility too much. Things changed a little with World War II. During those years, the shipyard was the largest and most modern installation of its kind in the world. The machines and equipments developed during those years were used for many decades by the United States of America, in most of the wars they conducted.

The overall population in Washington DC is 633,427



The Yard serves as a ceremonial and administrative center for the U.S. Navy, home to the Chief of Naval Operations, and is headquarters for the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Reactors, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Naval Historical Center, the Department of Naval History, the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, the United States Navy Band, the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command and numerous other naval commands. A number of Officers’ Quarters are located at the facility.

Building 126 is located by the Anacostia River, on the northeast corner of 11th and SE O Streets. The one-story building, built between 1925 and 1938, was recently renovated to be a net-zero energy building as part of the Washington Navy Yard Energy Demonstration Project. Features include two wind turbines, five geothermal wells, a battery energy storage system, one-hundred thirty-two 235 kW solar photovoltaic panels, and windows of electrochromic smart glass.[37]
Although inventoried and determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, it is currently not part of an existing district.[38] Until 1950, Building 126 functioned as the receiving station laundry. Afterward, it served as the site of the Washington Navy Yard Police Station. Currently, it acts as the Visitor Center for the Yard.


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The District provides free high quality pre-Kindergarten education services in its public schools, public charter schools, and publicly-funded community-based organizations for children three years of age on or before September 30 of the upcoming school year, or four years of age, and children who become five years of age after September 30 of the upcoming school year

In 2010, 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 www.corestandards.org

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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.

Washington DC Department of Human Resources 202-442-9700
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.

Washington DC Children Services 202-442-6100
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.

Washington DC Animal Services 202-576-6664
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Washington DC Dept of Public Health 202-442-5955

Highway Patrol 202-727-9099

Base Operator 703-545-6700


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In Washington, D.C., the summers are warm and muggy, the winters are very cold, 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 17°F or above 96°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Washington, D.C. for warm-weather activities are for the entire month of June and from mid August to early October.

In Washington, DC, the overall cost of living index is 152, which is equal to the District of Columbia average and 52% higher than the U.S. average.

As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Washington, DC, the city’s goods and services are equal to the District of Columbia average and 23% higher than the U.S. average.

Washington, DC, the U.S. capital, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It’s defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings – including the iconic ones that house the federal government’s 3 branches: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. It’s also home to iconic museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.

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