NSWC Dahlgren FAQ


Installation Info: Zip Code: 22448, Area Code: 540, DSN: 249

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) was established in 1918 as a proving ground for testing of naval gunnery. It was named for Rear Adm. John Adolphus Dahlgren, who is considered the father of modern naval ordnance. The primary mission of NSWCDD is to proof and test every naval gun and rounds they deliver. This testing was done at the Main Range Gun Line, which is a 90,000-yard line that faces down the Potomac River. With the center's growing responsibility, the name was changed in 1959 to Naval Weapons Laboratory. Dahlgren now encompasses more than 4,300 acres and a 20-mile range for projectile testing. Its mission for the future is to provide research, development, test and evaluation for surface warfare systems.



NSWCDD is home to the Naval Space Command (SPACOM), commissioned in October 1983; the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center (ATRC); and The Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) officially established in May 1994. The Branch Medical Clinic is on base for routine services, but refers most cases to National Naval Hospital Bethesda, Malcom Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB or Patuxent River Naval Hospital.



The city of Dahlgren is in Virginia's historic Northern Neck. Only 68 miles south of Washington D.C., our nation's capital can be a fun-filled trip through American history for the entire family. Within the Dahlgren installation are a number of fishing spots and a marina or boat landing is always close at hand. For bird watching, visit the Caldeon Natural Area, one of the most significant summer habitats for bald eagles on the East Coast.