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The Range Systems Engineering Department builds, instruments and supports DoD test and training ranges worldwide. The department provides systems engineering and technical guidance to range commanders and managers across the Navy and Marine Corps and serves as the technical agent for operation, maintenance and engineering of Navy and Marine Corps Tactical Training Range (TTR) systems. RS has personnel assigned throughout the world and has offsite offices across the country, including a major installation on Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook, located just 60 miles south of Corona by Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, that specializes in expeditionary systems engineering of ammunition and weapons for the Marine Corps, Navy and Army to improve performance through systems, test, reliability and warfighter-scientist integration. NSWC Corona has a long history of designing and operating range systems, to include the famed Top Gun school for fighter pilots designed to improve air-to-air combat proficiency. “We help the Fleet get better every day,” said Dan Bergstrom, Range Systems Engineering Department Head. “There is a lot of pride in the department but we all know we are part of a much larger team.” The department has 335 civilians and 1,165 contractors based worldwide with nearly 300 projects ongoing at any given time.

Major Technical Areas Covered by Department

  • Weapons scoring, safety surveillance and lighting systems
  • Communication engineering
  • Network and cyber engineering
  • Infrastructure engineering
  • Tracking systems
  • Laser range safety certification
  • Expeditionary systems engineering
  • Sustainment and modernization

Major Customers Serviced

  • U.S. Fleet Forces
  • Commander Pacific Fleet/Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific
  • Marine Corps Installations
  • Marine Corps Systems Command/PM Ammunition and PM Training Systems
  • Marine Corps Training and Education Command
  • Marine Forces Pacific
  • Naval Facilities Command
  • Missile Defense Agency
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army

Top Three Projects

  • Engineering, operating and maintaining systems that enable Fleet training to fight future battles is the essential part of the Fleet’s realistic Live, Virtual Constructive training environment
  • Designing and delivering two training ranges for Australian Air Force for its newly acquired F/A-18 Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers
  • Designing and building three tactical training ranges for Guam, plus another two training ranges in Saudi Arabia
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"As America faces ever-more-complex technological threats to its security, our Navy is expanding its capability to meet current and emerging threats." NSWC, Corona Commanding Officer Capt. Braunbeck addresses federal, state and local officials at today's State of the Command. #NAVSEA #USNavy #NavyReadiness
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Happy 4th of July! We're honored to serve the United States of America and defend freedom and democracy around the world.
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“Readiness is our greatest assurance of peace.” Vice Adm. Dean Peters, Commander Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), visited NWSC Corona today to see how data analytics is readying the fleet to train, fight and win. U.S. Navy
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Technology from our shipmates at NSWC Indian Head on display at Sea Air Space!
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Naval Sea Systems Command Executive Director Jim Smerchansky, SES, visited Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Tuesday, March 26, as part of a nationwide tour of #NAVSEA warfare centers. The visit gave him a first-hand look at Corona's technical capabilities, emerging data analytics role and other strategic initiatives designed to accelerate warfighting decisions to dominate the threat. "This was a really good day for me," Smerchansky said. "I love what you're working on. You have a central role in everything we do" with the NAVSEA Campaign Plan 2.0 to #ExpandTheAdvantage. Smerchansky spent a full day meeting with senior leadership and subject matter experts to discuss Corona's mission. He also led a #WomensHistoryMonth Forum, "Managing Your Career and Your Life," featuring four guest panelists from the Navy, industry and academia. Later, he held a town hall with the Corona workforce, where he reinforced NAVSEA's commitment to on-time delivery of ships and submarines, a culture of affordability and a high velocity learning environment grounded in diversity, inclusion and engagement.
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NSWC Corona Sailors and civilians join shipmates from the Naval Operation Support Center (NOSC), Moreno Valley for a National Vietnam War Veterans Day bell-ringing ceremony aboard NSWC Corona. Beginning on Memorial Day 2012, the federal government partnered with local governments, private organizations, and communities across America to participate in the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, a 13-year program to honor and give thanks to our brave Vietnam veterans who, in service to our Nation and in defense of liberty, fought gallantly against the spread of communism and defended the freedom of the Vietnamese people. This commemoration continues to Veteran’s Day 2025.
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Naval Sea Systems Command Executive Director Jim Smerchansky, SES, visited Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Tuesday, March 26, as part of a nationwide tour of #NAVSEA warfare centers. The visit gave him a first-hand look at Corona's technical capabilities, emerging data analytics role and other strategic initiatives designed to accelerate warfighting decisions to dominate the threat. "This was a really good day for me," Smerchansky said. "I love what you're working on. You have a central role in everything we do" with the NAVSEA Campaign Plan 2.0 to #ExpandTheAdvantage. Smerchansky spent a full day meeting with senior leadership and subject matter experts to discuss Corona's mission. He also led a #WomensHistoryMonth Forum, "Managing Your Career and Your Life," featuring four guest panelists from the Navy, industry and academia. Later, he held a town hall with the Corona workforce, where he reinforced NAVSEA's commitment to on-time delivery of ships and submarines, a culture of affordability and a high velocity learning environment grounded in diversity, inclusion and engagement.
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What a great visit with our Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson! Check out his shout out to the Fleet about the NSWC Corona team. "This is the team that's going to make us a better Navy around the world." #ForceBehindTheFleet #ExpandTheAdvantage #NavyCapability
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For the first time in 77 years, Navy’s top admiral visits Norco naval base. Admiral John Richardson said the data analysis done at the base represents the Navy's future. “What they’ve got going on here at Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona is indicative of our future in many ways,” Admiral John Richardson said in an interview during his daylong visit. “We are going to require more of these type of approaches to make our Navy more ready, more powerful, in the future.”
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A lot of interest at the NAVSEA Warfare Center exhibit at AFCEA West 2019! Stop by booth 1811 to see what’s going on across NAVSEA - from doing business with us or trying the Weapons Augmented Realty Scoring System, WARSS. The force behind the fleet is working hard to increase lethality and improve readiness for the Navy.
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A lot of interest at the NAVSEA Warfare Center exhibit at AFCEA West 2019! Stop by booth 1811 to see the latest innovations coming from NAVSEA, like this Weapons Augmented Realty Scoring System - WARSS. The force behind the fleet is working hard to increase lethality and improve readiness for the Navy.
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Join Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith for a Facebook Live all hands call on the Navy's Facebook page Friday at 12:45 p.m. (EST). Remember to post your questions for our leaders in the Facebook Live's comment section!
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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony
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We proudly salute President George H.W. Bush – Sailor, President, Hero. Bush enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve June 13, 1942, on his 18th birthday, following the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. He became the youngest Naval aviator at the time. We’re honored that the fighter jets forming the record-breaking 21-aircraft flyover at the president’s memorial service today train on ranges instrumented, operated and maintained by NSWC Corona. We’ve got the watch, Mr. President. #PresidentGeorgeHWBush #GeorgeHWBushFuneral #Remember41 George Bush Presidential Library and Museum @flynavy
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We proudly salute President George H.W. Bush – Sailor, President, Hero. Bush enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve June 13, 1942, on his 18th birthday, following the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. He became the youngest Naval aviator at the time. We’re honored that the fighter jets forming the record-breaking 21-aircraft flyover at the president’s memorial service today train on ranges instrumented, operated and maintained by NSWC Corona. We’ve got the watch, Mr. President. #PresidentGeorgeHWBush #GeorgeHWBushFuneral #Remember41 George Bush Presidential Library and Museum @flynavy
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NSWC Corona launches new university to empower its workforce to lead the Navy into the future!
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Thanks to the more than 1,500 people who came to our Open House Science Experience and STEM Career Fair today! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. And to the people we hired today, Welcome Aboard!
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Today is the day! It’s free and open to the public between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. So visit the Navy in Norco and be dazzled by the Laser King! Enjoy other hands-on STEM exhibits and activities from Navy scientists and engineers and take tours of our science labs. Please enter through the gate at 2300 Fifth Street. Pellegrino’s Food Truck will be onsite selling good eats! For a full list of directions and restrictions, go to http://bit.ly/2018coronaopenhouse Last year's photos: http://bit.ly/2017coronaopenhousephotos
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Guess what you're doing tomorrow? Going to the Navy’s open house! Swing by the Fifth Street gate between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and come down to our Open House to get your heat signature taken with our infrared camera. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/2018coronaopenhouse Last year's photos: http://bit.ly/2017coronaopenhousephotos
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