Naval Surface Warfare Centers (NSWC) are part of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) operated by the United States Navy.
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the United States Navy’s five systems commands.
From a physical perspective, NAVSEA has four shipyards for shipbuilding, conversion, and repair, 10 “warfare centers” (two undersea and eight surface).
NAVSEA’s primary objective is to engineer, build, buy, and maintain the U.S. Navy’s fleet of ships and its combat systems. NAVSEA’s budget of almost $30 billion accounts for nearly one quarter of the Navy’s entire budget, with more than 80,000+ personnel and 150 acquisition programs under its oversight.
NAVSEA Warfare Centers (NSWC) supply the technical operations, people, technology, engineering services and products needed to equip and support the Fleet and meet the warfighter’s needs.
The Warfare Centers are the Navy’s principal Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) assessment activity for surface ship and submarine systems and subsystems.
NAVSEA currently operates eight Surface Warfare Centers:
- NSWC Carderock, Maryland (the “Indoor Ocean” is located here)
- NSWC Corona, California
- NSWC Crane, Indiana
- NSWC Dahlgren, Virginia
- NSWC Indian Head, Maryland
- NSWC Panama City, Florida
- NSWC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- NSWC Port Hueneme, California
NAVSEA also operates two Undersea Warfare Centers:
- NUWC Keyport, Washington
- NUWC Newport, Rhode Island
NAVSEA Warfare Centers