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The Dahlgren Centennial Commemoration will celebrate 100 years of research and development accomplishments.  As part of this commemoration, we will tell the story of the significant role Dahlgren has played and continues to play in defending our nation through not only ballistic and ordnance development and testing but also through modern scientific breakthroughs that have kept the United States on the cutting edge of weapon technology.

The official opening of business for Dahlgren began with the firing of the 7” Tractor Gun on October 16, 1918.  Since June 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation to acquire nearly one thousand acres to create the original ordnance proving ground during World War I, through today, Dahlgren has served as the center for the scientific research and development (R&D) that led to hundreds of patents, innovations, and scientific breakthroughs for the U.S. Navy. Dahlgren, today, hosts nine different commands with an expansive array of scientific R&D, and is one of the hubs of naval weapons and weapon system development nationwide. 

We invite you to take an active part in discovering the history of Dahlgren.  Each week, we will be posting new content for you to learn more about the many people, places, and amazing projects this base has produced over the last century.



Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division
6149 Welsh Rd., Suite 203
Dahlgren, VA 22448-5130 


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