Naval Air Station Patuxent River
Naval Air Station Patuxent River stretches across approximately 12 miles of shoreline at the mouth of the Patuxent River in St. Mary's county, overlooking the picturesque Chesapeake Bay, 65 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. and 75 miles south of Baltimore. NAS Patuxent River covers more than 13,800 acres, including the Bloodsworth Island Range and the Webster Field Annex, which is located about 15 miles south of the station. Patuxent River is located outside of Lexington Park in southern Maryland. The base operator's phone number is 301-342-3000 or DSN 312-342-3000.
Patuxent River is home to the Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division headquarters. NAVAIR's Aircraft Division at Patuxent River (including the Webster Field Annex) is the Navy's full spectrum acquisition, research, development, test, evaluation and engineering and fleet support activity for manned and unmanned aircraft, engines, avionics, aircraft support systems and ship/shore/air operations. With more than 165,000 air operations annually, activities at Patuxent River fly 140 different aircraft over 780 restricted and 5,000 controlled square miles. Capabilities range from concepts analysis and procurement to flight testing and support equipment. NAS Patuxent River is under the command of Naval District Washington (NDW). NDW is one of ten regions reporting to Commander, Navy Installations. Headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard, NDW is the regional provider of common operating support to twenty Navy installations, including Naval Air Station Patuxent River. NDW is also known as the Quarterdeck of the Navy.
- 2,400 active duty personnel
- 4,500 family members
- 9,800 federal employees
- 5,700 defense contractors
- 400 non-appropriated-fund employees
109,010 St. Mary's County
The Navy is the largest employer in the community with over 20,000 employed on the station. This includes about 3,000 active duty, 7,800 federal employees, 9,000 defense contractors, 400 non-appropriated-fund employees, and 4,500 family members.
Major Units and Organizations
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.
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.
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.
Other Major Tenants:
- Defense Logistics Agency Document Services
- Fifth Coast Guard District
- Marine Aviation Detachment
- Fleet Weather Center-Norfolk Forecast Component Patuxent River
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington
- Naval Criminal Investigative Service Regional Office
- Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River
- Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Norfolk, Detachment Patuxent River
- Navy Munitions Command CONUS East Division Detachment Patuxent