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NSWC Dahlgren Division Dam Neck Activity - History

            NSWC Dahlgren Division Dam Neck Activity 

NSWC Dahlgren Division Dam Neck Activity has provided vital technical support to an ever-increasing variety of ships, aircraft and submarines for over 50 years. The Command 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 onboard Naval Air Station Oceana, Dam Neck Annex in historic Hopper Hall named after of the Navy’s first and most respected and innovative computer engineers, Admiral Grace Hopper.

The center's mission then, as now, involves design, develop, test, install and upgrade computer programs for shipboard combat systems, or as they were once called, the Navy Tactical Data Systems (NTDS).

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. The command’s name was changed in March, 2018, because Advanced Combat Direction Systems (ACDS) were being phased out of the Navy. The new name helps us to better align with our echelon four command, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, as well as other NSWCs.

Today, NSWC Dahlgren Division Dam Neck Activity 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 Jamestown settlers first landed. This geographic location, unique facilities, talented workforce and strong customer focus has made NSWC Dahlgren Division Dam Neck Activity a recognized leader in combat systems support to the Fleet and the Warfighter.