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

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 mile


About Settling into your new location and your new unit takes time. Military OneSource is designed to assist you with information about your new location.


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

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

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.


About Public School The Sierra Sands United School District provides educational needs for all valley residents. Originally many schools in the district were located o


Government Housing China Lake has some of the best government housing in the Navy. All 192 homes on station are single family and are unfurnished

Special Needs

About As many as 15 percent of military families have members with special needs. These include spouses, children, or dependent parents who require special medical


Moving with TRICARE Whether moving stateside or overseas, active duty families can now switch their TRICARE Prime enrollment by phone! Before you start your move,

Child and Youth Programs

About The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military Services take great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth

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

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 provide

Support Services

Employment 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


NAWSCL Navy Exchange Remains Open Following Recent Earthquakes

Story by PO1 Joshua Hammond on 07/15/2019 CHINA LAKE, California Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake's (NAWSCL) Navy Exchange (NEX) is open for business despite

NAWSCL Shifts into Recovery Activity

Story by PO1 Bryan Niegel on 07/14/2019 RIDGEGREST, CALIF., - Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake increased military and civilian presence on the base Monday,

NAWS China Lake Branch Health Clinic Opens for Patient Care

Story by PO1 Joshua Hammond on 07/12/2019 CHINA LAKE, California Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWSCL) Branch Health Clinic re-opened today resuming normal hour

NAWS China Lake Public Works Department Restores Base Utilities

Story by PO1 Arthurgwain Marquez on 07/11/2019 CHINA LAKE, Calif. (NAWSCL) In the wake of multiple earthquakes that occurred on July 4-5, 2019, Naval Air

VX-9 Resumes Flight Operations at NAWS China Lake Following Earthquakes

Story by PO2 Nicholas Burgains on 07/10/2019 CHINA LAKE, California Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) resumed normal flight operations July 10 on Naval

3MI Club: Spot Checks and Changeovers

Story by PO3 Eduardo T Otero on 12/29/2017 "The first rule of fight club is you don't talk about fight club." The first rule of
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