Loated in West Bethesda, NSF Carderock houses multiple tenants on 186 acres of land, between 80 buildings. The mission of the facility is to serve as a “full-spectrum” research and development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), engineering, and Fleet support organization for the Navy’s ships, submarine, military watercraft, and unmanned vehicles, with expertise that spans more than 40 disciplines, from electrical and mechanical engineering to computer engineering and physics.
Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Carderock Division consists of approximately 2,000 scientists, engineers and support personnel working in more than 40 disciplines ranging from fundamental science to applied/in-service engineering. They are the Navy's experts for maritime technology. The Division houses world-class facilities and laboratories. The Division also conducts research and development at several remote sites across the country.
As a major component and field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, the Carderock Division provides cradle-to-grave support for its technical products over an enormous range of scientific areas related to surface and undersea platforms. The Division addresses the full spectrum of applied maritime science and technology, from the theoretical and conceptual beginnings, through design and acquisition, to implementation and follow-on engineering. This includes all technical aspects of improving the performance of ships, submarines, military water craft and unmanned vehicles, as well as research for military logistics systems. In addition, the Division is uniquely chartered by Congress to support America's maritime industry.
For over a century, the NSWC Carderock Division has been at the forefront of technologies vital to the success of the U.S. Navy and Maritime Industry. Since component organizations were founded at the turn of the century, the Division has earned a distinguished reputation as the birthplace of superior naval technology.
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