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The Carderock Division is the Navy’s center of excellence, which provides state-of-the-art research, engineering, modeling, and testing centers for ships and ship systems


Navy's Center of Excellence for Ships and Ship Systems

The Carderock Division consists of approximately 3,200 scientists, engineers and support personnel working in more than 40 disciplines ranging from fundamental science to applied/in-service engineering. We are the Navy's experts for maritime technology. The Division houses world-class facilities and laboratories. Carderock's Headquarters is located in West Bethesda, Maryland. A major operating site is located in Philadelphia and is recognized as the center for naval machinery. The Division also conducts research and development at several remote sites across the country.

As a major component and field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, the Carderock Division provides cradle-to-grave support for its technical products over an enormous range of scientific areas related to surface and undersea platforms. The Division addresses the full spectrum of applied maritime science and technology, from the theoretical and conceptual beginnings, through design and acquisition, to implementation and follow-on engineering. This includes all technical aspects of improving the performance of ships, submarines, military water craft, and unmanned vehicles, as well as research for military logistics systems. In addition, the Division is uniquely chartered by Congress to support America's maritime industry.

Photo of the inside of the Experimental Model Basin's towing tank

EMB Towing Tank

Our Heritage

For over a century, the Carderock Division has been at the forefront of technologies vital to the success of the U.S. Navy and Maritime Industry. Since our component organizations were founded at the turn of the century, the Division has earned a distinguished reputation as the birthplace of superior naval technology.

Technical Departments

Support Departments

Division Sites

  • West Bethesda, MD (Carderock Division Headquarters)
  • Philadelphia, PA (Ship Systems Engineering Station)
  • Norfolk, VA (Combatant Craft Division)
  • Fort Lauderdate, FL (South Florida Testing Facility)
  • Memphis, TN (Large Cavitation Channel)
  • Bayview, ID (Acoustic Research Detachment)
  • Ketchikan, AK (Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility)
  • Silverdale, WA (Bangor Detachment)

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