LOCATION: Dahlgren is located approximately 30 miles east of Fredericksburg, Virginia and 68 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 55 miles north of Richmond, Virginia.
HISTORY: What began in 1918 as a proving ground for the testing of naval gunnery is today the Dahlgren regional site of Naval Support Activity, South Potomac (NSASP).
Dahlgren was established in 1918 as the Naval Proving Ground and was named in honor of Rear Admiral John Adolphus Dahlgren, considered the father of modern naval ordnance. The tradition of excellence at Dahlgren is long and distinguished one. Today, the key to its success as a premiere naval research installation lies in the ability of its workforce to help design and build the Navy technology of the future.
MISSION: Sustain combat readiness through effective and efficient shore installation management and support. The Host Command is Naval Support Activity South Potomac. The major tenant commands include Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Center for Surface Combat Systems/AEGIS Training Center; Naval Network and Space Operations; and Joint Warfare Analysis Center. Please refer to Major Unit Listings for more information.
POPULATION SERVED: The base population includes over three thousand DoD active duty and military family members, and over three thousand DoD civilian employees.