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The Measurement Science and Engineering Department serves as the Technical Agent for the Navy’s Metrology and Calibration (METCAL) Program (TC AC03). In this role, the department ensures that measurements made on Navy systems or weapons during all phases of the acquisition lifecycle, from research through sustainment, are accurate and meet the Navy’s needs. The scientists and engineers represent the Navy’s subject matter expertise in measurement science and in that capacity provide technical assistance to Navy programs and the Fleet by assessing measurement requirements and developing technical processes and advanced measurement standards necessary to meet the requirements. MS also provides Weapons Interface Engineering Assessment (TC AC05), Strategic Weapons Surveillance and Testing (TC AC07), Test Systems Assessment, and Fleet Maintenance System Assessments. The department’s unique facilities and capabilities include the Navy Gage and Standards Laboratory, the Weapons Surveillance and Testing Laboratory, and a Calibration Laboratory which supports the Pacific Fleet.

Core Functions

Measurement Requirements Assessment

  • Evaluates measurement and calibration requirements in support of all Navy System Commands (SYSCOMs) and acquisition program offices for domestic and foreign military support
  • Establishes, documents, and sustains Navy calibration support requirements including test parameters, required calibration equipment, support documentation, servicing intervals, logistic support levels, and calibration training requirements
  • Provides technical guidance, review, and approval to Navy activities and contractors in the development of Integrated Logistics Support Plans and Life-Cycle Support Planning

Metrology In-Service Support

  • Serves as the primary technical interface for all SYSCOM METCAL Program Managers and Fleet calibration laboratories
  • Provides technical guidance to Navy laboratories on calibration and measurement related problems
  • Develops, operates, and maintains the Navy Metrology Data Systems
  • Manages and distributes METCAL technical publications to all Navy and Marine Corps calibration laboratories and other METCAL customers
  • Manages the METCAL website

Metrology Engineering

  • Provides subject matter expertise in all measurement disciplines for the Navy’s METCAL Program
  • Provides engineering assessment relating to measurement requirements, standards, calibration methodologies, and procedures
  • Develops, reviews, and approves instrument calibration procedures for Navy test equipment and calibration standards
  • Prepares requirements specifications to support the acquisition of calibration standards; and provides oversight and direction for the design, development, and deployment of calibration standards
  • Develops training plans, courses, and material in support of Navy calibration training requirements

Advanced Measurement Systems

  • Provides technical direction, support, and guidance relating to advanced measurement requirements and methods
  • Oversees development and execution of new measurement technology projects
  • Performs scientific studies and assessments of state-of-the-art calibration and measurement technologies
  • Develops engineering prototypes of hardware and software systems for new measurement and calibration technologies

Calibration Laboratory

  • Type III Calibration Laboratory
  • Measurement evaluations and calibrated instruments
  • Calibration performed on pressure, temperature, force, microwave, mechanical, dimensional, fiber optics, and electronics test equipment
  • Extensive repair capability

Test Systems Assessment

  • Assess integrated diagnostics designs
  • Analyze calibration test equipment software
  • Assess effectiveness and suitability of a test system and supporting elements
  • Provide engineering evaluation and analysis

Weapons Interface Engineering Assessment

  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) of critical components
  • Evaluation of methods of inspection
  • Assess and verify the physical and functional characteristics of weapons systems components and interchangeability
  • Develop, design, evaluate and analyze special interface gages
  • Prototype validation
  • Interface control and analysis
  • Missile Production and Handling Support Equipment design and production

Navy Gage and Standards Laboratory

  • Type II Federally Certified Laboratory
  • Force Laboratory
  • Metrological confirmation of Dimensional Requirements
  • Gage Block Calibration
  • Angle Calibration System
  • Gage Block Interferometer
  • Optical Measurement
  • Calibration of Dimensional and Optical Standards & Equipment
  • Precision dimensional inspection of interface gages and components
  • Ultra high accuracy Coordinate Measuring Machines
  • Small Arms Gage Calibration
  • Marine Corps Infantry Weapons Gage and Calibration
  • Maintain Navy Gage Program master gages

Weapons System Support Machine Shop

  • Precision machining
  • Fabrication and repair of precision gages, prototypes, support equipment, tooling and inspection equipment
  • Fabrication of NAVAIR Gun Gages and small arm gages
  • Inspection and repair of calibration standards
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Griffin Missile Launcher Production

Weapons Surveillance and Testing Laboratory

  • Testing, evaluation of components and subsystems, surveillance, and chemical analysis
  • Materials analysis
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Environmental simulation
  • Testing of ordnance materials and environmentally hazardous materials
  • Unique testing of the Trident Missile re-entry body


  • NAVSEA and affiliated PEOs
  • NAVAIR and affiliated PMAs
  • Strategic Systems Program
  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Coast Guard
  • Fleet