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Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division 

Echelon IV command of the United States Navy, reporting to the Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)
12350 Research Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32826

The Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division, Florida (NAWCTSD) is located in Orlando. The Division got started in 1941 when Commander Luis De Florez was named head of the new Special Devices Desk in the Engineering Division of the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics. De Florez was an independent thinker who believed our men could best be trained with synthetic training devices. The Navy agreed and began developing synthetic devices to increase readiness training. By 1946, the Division had grown and was renamed the Special Devices Division and given a new home in Port Washington, Long island New York. In 1956, the Division was again renamed the Naval Training Device Center and in the mid-1960s the Center was moved from Long Island to its present location of Orlando, Florida.


The location of the Center was moved to its present location in 1988, and in 1993 the Division received its final name change to the Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division. The purpose of the Division besides training for air warfare is to develop training systems for military personnel in undersea and surface operations. The NAWCTD is located inside the Central Florida Research Park at the University of Central Florida. Naval Support Activities (NSA), Orlando is located inside the Central Florida Research Park. NSA Orlando is only 40 acres in size, and is thought to be the smallest United States Navy base in the world.

Special and Critical Installation Information
NSA Orlando is a small military installation, so many of the facilities that are located on larger bases are not available on site, but are supported by NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, or Patrick Air Force Base.
The closest Navy Exchange, Commissary, Barber Shop, and Package Store are located near the Orlando International Airport, approx. 20 miles southwest of the base. The ITT Office is located at the Orlando NEX.
There is no inpatient medical facility located on board NSA Orlando, nor in the Orlando area at any other military facility. All medical and dental services are handled by local civilian care facilities through TRICARE PRIME Remote.

Base Population

Presently there are about 1,000 scientists, engineers, contractors, and support personnel employed by the NAWCTD, Orlando.  NSA Orlando has approximately 120 Active duty military personnel, and 2,200 civil service personnel serving on or near NSA, Orlando. NSA, Orlando also serves a community of 3,200 Joint Services Reserves, 48,000 military retirees, and 350 military families in the area of Central Florida.