Operations and Management

Naval Air Station Patuxent River is home to both the Naval Air Systems Command headquarters and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, and is host to more than 50 tenants including three services, federal agencies and private industry.

NAVAIR at Patuxent River is one of eight Naval Air Systems Command sites that provides the highest standard in warfare technology through supremacy in naval aviation technologies.

The mission of NAWCAD at Patuxent River, which includes Webster Outlying Field, is to support NAVAIR in providing the warfighter with absolute combat power through technologies that deliver dominant combat effects and matchless capabilities.

The missions aboard NAS Pax River provide effective and affordable integrated warfare systems and life-cycle support by performing research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for manned and unmanned aircraft, engines, avionics, aircraft support systems and ship/shore/air operations.

Patuxent River encompasses over 13,800 acres and houses 935 buildings (including 10 hangars, totaling more than 8.76 million square feet), with five active runways (longest is 11,800 feet), and possesses 5,000 square miles of controlled airspace of which 780 square miles are restricted.

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