Combat Direction Systems Activity, Dam Neck has provided vital technical support to an ever-increasing variety of ships, aircraft and submarines for over 38 years. It was commissioned on March 31, 1963 as the Fleet Computer Programming Center, Atlantic. On July 31, 1971, FCDSSA was upgraded to command status and changed to Fleet Combat Directions Systems Activity, Dam Neck.Management responsibility formerly assumed by COMTRALANT (1963-1969) and then by CINCLANTFLT (1969-1972) was taken over by CNO (OP-34), then later by Naval Sea Systems Command. On January 2, 1992, FCDSSA became a part of the Naval Surface Warfare Center headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The command is currently located in Hopper Hall onboard Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex. The center's mission then, as now, involves planning, developing, testing and delivering computer programs for shipboard combat direction systems, or as they were once called, the Navy Tactical Data Systems (NTDS). Combat Direction Systems Activity, Dam Neck is organized into five divisions, one of which, the Combat and Weapon Systems In-Service Engineering Divison is located in Port Hueneme, CA. In December, 2000 the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, Dam Neck DET was disestablished and Naval Sea Systems Command, Combat Direction Systems Activity, Dam Neck was commissioned.
Today, CDSA, Dam Neck serves the Fleet as a tenant command at NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach, VA. The Dam Neck base is located on Virginia Beach's Atlantic shore, near the site where the Jamestown settlers first landed. This geographic location, unique facilities, talented workforce and strong customer focus has made CDSA, Dam Neck a recognized leader in Joint Command and Control.