Ridgecrest, CA 93555, USA


Installation Overview

Location Welcome to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, high desert home of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, where the Navy and Marine Corps have developed or tested nearly every significant airborne weapon system in the past five decades. China Lake is located 150 miles northeast of

Fast Facts

Location:China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station is the high desert home of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.China Lake is located 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles on the western edge of California's Mojave Desert.For more information please visit the installation homepage . BRAC Status:Increase of nearly 2,500 civilia


Settling into your new location and your new unit takes time. Military OneSource is designed to assist you with information about your new location. Once on the Military OneSource site, chose the Installation Locator. Additionally each of the military Services has a Sponsorship Program which is very helpful in providing


Directions to China Lake China Lake is situated next to the town of Ridgecrest, a thriving town with a population of nearly 35,000. China Lake/Ridgecrest is located near three major highways, US Hwy 395 and California State Highways, 14 and 178. No matter whether you fly or drive to get

Check-in Procedures

Reporting Procedures At China Lake, the main gate is easily accessible from State Highway 178, State Highway 14 and Highway 395. Like any other command in the Navy, you have the responsibility of letting your command and your sponsor know you have arrived. Military personnel should initially check in at

Motor Vehicles

Registration & Licensing Requirements California State law requires you to have sufficient liability insurance and a valid driver’s license in order to operate a vehicle. The term “vehicle” generally includes automobiles, motorcycles, vans, trailers and boats regularly parked or garaged overnight. Further, your vehicle must be properly registered. Even though


Public School The Sierra Sands United School District provides educational needs for all valley residents. Originally many schools in the district were located on the base but progressively the newer schools have been built off center, leaving only two schools still within the China Lake gates. Public and private grade


China Lake has some of the best government housing in the Navy. All 192 homes on station are single family and are unfurnished with fenced backyards, garage, wall-to-wall carpeting, vertical and mini blinds, dishwasher, garbage disposal, stove, refrigerator, and washer and dryer hook-ups. The units have heating and central evaporative

Special Needs

As many as 15 percent of military families have members with special needs. These include spouses, children, or dependent parents who require special medical or educational services. These family members have a diagnosed physical, intellectual or emotional condition. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) serves these families in several ways.


Whether moving stateside or overseas, active duty families can now switch their TRICARE Prime enrollment by phone! Before you start your move, contact your losing TRICARE health care contractor to see if you need to switch to a new region. TRICARE does the rest! You must update DEERS (Defense Enrollment

Child and Youth Programs

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military Services take great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth on installations worldwide. While the services provided depend on the size of the location, the standards and quality of services are consistent and meet established regulations.

New Parent Support Program

Navy New Parent Support Home Visitation Program About Our Program for Expectant Parents and Parents of children ages 0 to 3 New Parent Support Home Visitation Program (NPSHVP) is an early-intervention service to families designed to foster healthy child development, specifically for families that are expecting or have children u

Family Center Programs

A key resource on your installation and a gateway to accessing all of the resources available to you, the Fleet and Family Support Center provides information, support and services to help you balance the demands of family and the military lifestyle. The Fleet and Family Support Center is one part

Support Services

Employment Opportunities How do you go about planning your career? It takes time and thought to decide what you'd like to do, or where you'd like to go. Be sure to hand carry your employment records and resumes so you can look for employment as soon as you would like


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