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DAHLGREN, VA - Dahlgren, VA. – When you hear a high-energy clamor coming from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), you’re likely hearing ordinance qualification testing done by Dahlgren’s test and evaluation division. Every product, including the one pictured, must first be qualified for release. “Dahlgren is all about weapons systems and developing material to go out into the fleet to help the warfighter,” said Shawn Schneider, vibration subject matter expert. Environmental testing is split into dynamic and climatic testing. “We owe it to the warfighter to make sure that we do the right tests. We owe it to the taxpayer to make sure we are efficient and effective stewards of their money.” Schneider continued, “There’s no one size fits all, easy answer, to what vibration testing entails. Everything is tailored.” NSWCDD’s move to a test and evaluation team with greater engineering competency has propelled the organization’s capacities forward. “Tailored testing is a huge giveback to the designer. This could impact the entire DoD, not just the Navy,” said Barry Mohle, NSWCDD test and evaluation division head. Mohle says NSWCDD’s impact on the DoD goes even beyond their testing capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)


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