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What We Do



Our mission is to conduct research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) and in-service support of the following core mission areas:

  • Mine Warfare Systems
  • Naval Special Warfare Systems
  • Diving and Life Support Systems
  • Amphibious/Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare Systems
  • Other missions that occur in the littoral, or coastal, regions

 NSWC PCD's Technical Capabilities include:

  • Air Cushion Vehicle Systems
  • Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare Systems Engineering and Integration
  • Special Warfare Maritime Mobility Mission Systems and Mission Support equipment
  • Mine Countermeasure Detect and Engage Systems, Modular Mission Packaging , and Platform Integration and Handling
  • Littoral Mission Systems integration and Modular Mission Packages Certification
  • Unmanned Systems Engineering and Integration, Autonomous
  • Diving and Diving Support Systems
  • Surface Life Support Systems for Extreme Environments

 Our Major Facilities include:

  • Diving and Life Support Complex
  • Mine Warfare Complex
  • Special Warfare Research and Engineering Complex
  • Expeditionary Warfare Complex
  • Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Facility
  • LCAC Software Integration Laboratory
  • Human Systems Integration Usability Lab
  • USMC Amphibious Raids and Reconnaissance Integration Facility
  • Coastal Test Range
  • Prototype Fabrication Facility
  • Additive Manufacturing or 3D printing for rapid prototyping
  • 3D Expeditionary Laser Scanning

The Technical Workforce is organized into seven Technical Competencies:

  • Logistics
  • Project Management
  • Quality
  • Science & Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Test & Evaluation


 NSWC PCD is the Technical Center of Excellence for

Littoral Warfare and Coastal Defense



NSWC PCD proudly supports the Program Executive Office Littoral Ship (PEO LCS) Mine Countermeasure Mission Package for the U.S. Navy.



One of NSWC PCD's core mission areas is Mine Warfare. Our command supports Department of the Navy present and future programs that enable Sailors and Marines to support the U.S. Navy's Constitutional mandate of keeping sea lanes open with unfettered access. U.S. Navy courtesy photo (Released).



Two other NSWC PCD mission areas are Naval Special Warfare and Diving and Life Support. As a research, development, test, and evaluation center of excellence, NSWC PCD patents innovative ideas, rapidly prototypes capabilities, and collaborates with government, academia, and industry to deliver solutions to the Fleet. One example of this effort is the Diver Augmented Vision Display, or DAVD, as seen here. U.S. Navy photo by Anthony Powers (Released).