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With the consolidation, integration and collocation that has occurred since the 1990s, Pax River now hosts the headquarters for both Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). These two entities provide the full spectrum of acquisition management, research and development capabilities, air and ground test and evaluation, aircraft logistics and maintenance management.

This distinctive synergy supports land-based and maritime aircraft and engineering, T&E, integration, and life cycle support for ship/shore electronics. These combined capabilities are unique within the Department of Defense and ensure NAS Patuxent River’s status as an aviation leader working effectively to continue progress through the 21st century.


NAVAIR Mission

To develop, deliver, and sustain Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, weapons, and systems used by our Sailors and Marines to achieve mission success. We embrace the privilege of this awesome responsibility in partnership with industry, all Naval Aviation stakeholders and our fellow Systems Commands. Visit the NAVAIR website here.

NAWCAD Mission

To be the Navy’s principal research, development, test, evaluation (RDT&E) engineering and fleet support activity for naval aircraft, engines, avionics, aircraft support systems and ship/shore/air operations. Visit the NAWCAD website here.



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