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Our mission is to conduct research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) and in-service support of the following core mission areas:

  • Mine Warfare Systems
  • Naval Special Warfare Systems
  • Diving and Life Support Systems
  • Amphibious/Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare Systems
  • Other missions that occur in the littoral, or coastal, regions


NSWC PCD proudly supports the Program Executive Office Littoral Ship (PEO LCS) Mine Countermeasure Mission Package for the U.S. Navy.

NSWC PCD's Technical Capabilities include:

  • Air Cushion Vehicle Systems
  • Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare Systems Engineering and Integration
  • Special Warfare Maritime Mobility Mission Systems and Mission Support equipment
  • Mine Countermeasure Detect and Engage Systems, Modular Mission Packaging , and Platform Integration and Handling
  • Littoral Mission Systems integration and Modular Mission Packages Certification
  • Unmanned Systems Engineering and Integration, Autonomous
  • Diving and Diving Support Systems
  • Surface Life Support Systems for Extreme Environments

The MK-29 Initial Response Diving project is the latest example of rapid prototyping using 3D laser scanning and 3D printing for test and evaluation purposes in support of our Fleet customers.


Our Major Facilities include:

  • Diving and Life Support Complex
  • Mine Warfare Complex
  • Special Warfare Research and Engineering Complex
  • Expeditionary Warfare Complex
  • Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Facility
  • LCAC Software Integration Laboratory
  • Human Systems Integration Usability Lab
  • USMC Amphibious Raids and Reconnaissance Integration Facility
  • Coastal Test Range
  • Prototype Fabrication Facility
  • Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing for rapid prototyping
  • 3D Expeditionary Laser Scanning

NSWC PCD is home to LCAC 66 and 91 - two Landing Craft Air Cushions used for Fleet modernization and future LCAC fleet testing. NSWC PCD proudly supports NAVSEA's next generation LCAC called the Ship to Shore Connector.


The Technical Workforce is
organized into
Technical Competencies:

  • Logistics
  • Project Management
  • Quality
  • Science & Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Test & Evaluation
 NSWC PCD is the Technical Center of Excellence for Littoral Warfare and Coastal Defense