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  Visiting NAVSEA Headquarters


Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Headquarters (HQ) is located in bldg. 197 (Humphreys Building) at 1333 Isaac Hull Ave., on the Washington Navy Yard (WNY) in Washington, D.C.

All visitors (military, Government civilian, and contractor) must have a federal government or state issued photo identification for entrance onto the WNY. For unescorted access/entrance into NAVSEA HQ buildings, visitors must be appropriately cleared via the submission of a Visit Request (VR) submitted thru the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS). The NAVSEA HQ Security Management Office (SMO) code: 000244.

The VR must identify the name and telephone number for the appropriate NAVSEA point of contact (POC). If this process is not followed and/or needed, the visitor may gain access via an escort by their NAVSEA POC. The NAVSEA Personnel Security Office can be contacted at: for questions and/or identification of any additional requirements. Prior to visiting NAVSEA, Foreign Nationals must be sponsored and their visit pre-coordinated via the program office and their embassy. The official foreign visitor's embassy located in the U.S. is responsible for submission of Foreign Visit Requests.

Members of the news media must be escorted by NAVSEA Public Affairs personnel from the Office of Corporate Communication. They can be emailed at:

Anyone other than media personnel escorted by a Public Affairs representative or official command photographer who wishes to take a photograph or audible recording must have a NAVSEA HQ Photographic and Audible Voice Recording Permit (enclosure 1 of NAVSEAINST 2200.1). Permission for these and passes may be obtained beforehand for use at events such as retirement ceremonies or promotions by contacting the Office of Corporate Communication.

Authorized NAVSEA visitors will be provided a badge at the Visitor Control Center at the Riverside entrance (the south end) of bldg. 197. This badge must be worn above the waist and be visible AT ALL TIMES. Visitors’ badges are to be relinquished daily, to the guard force officers post, upon departure from NAVSEA spaces.

Below are additional rules and regulations for visiting Naval Sea Systems Command:

1. Prohibited items per title 18 U.S.C. § 930 include: firearms, knives and other dangerous weapons, explosives or chemical devices such as mace or pepper spray.

​2. Cell phones are allowed in NAVSEA headquarters where classified information is not present or discussed, according to NAVSEAINST 2200.1, Photographic, Audible Recording and Portable Electronic Devices Policy.  Use of personal cell phones as hot spots or other than approved USG hotspots are prohibited.

NAVSEA headquarters Visitor Control Center can be reached at 202-781-0204. Hours are: Monday - Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed federal holidays and weekends.

Washington Navy Yard access and escort requirements are implemented by the Naval District Washington / Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW). For more information about visiting the WNY, visit the NSAW website here: