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What We Do




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'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

 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

The Technical Workforce is organized into seven Technical Competencies:

  • Logistics
  • Project Management
  • Quality
  • Science & Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Test & Evaluation

 NSWC PCD is Ensuring Warfighting Dominance

in the Littoral Battlespace





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


The Underwater Multi-Sensor (UMS) test pool at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division recently underwent renovations. The UMS test pool is a 9-million gallon, oval-shaped, lined, freshwater test pool where users can perform tests such as autonomy assessments for various novel maritime platforms, sonar measurements on various types of simulated training targets, and verification of acoustic release systems. U.S. Navy photo by Ron Newsome. 



The Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Surface Vehicle project team conducts underway missions in support of contractor testing at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division. U.S. Navy photo by Eddie Green.