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NSWCDD Department Stands Up High Powered Microwave Division in Directed Energy Refocusing Efforts
January 5, 2022
IMAGE: Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) scientist Thomas Salvato tests vessel stopping efforts. Vessel stopping efforts fall under the directed energy umbrella at NSWCDD, using high powered microwaves.

CNO Visits Navy Sailors, Civilians at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren
November 23, 2020
(Nov. 17, 2020) - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday receives a brief on directed energy at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren, Virginia, Nov. 17. CNO traveled to Dahlgren to visit Sailors and civilians and receive briefs on a variety of programs like High Energy Lasers, Solid Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) and Layered Laser Defense (LLD).  (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Rachel Maul/Released)

Laser Tests at Dahlgren Measure Optical Effects That Make Stars Twinkle
October 1, 2020
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. - Henry Wilson - a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) student employment program intern - launches a weather balloon to record a vertical optical turbulence profile in support of a collaborative research project combining the Navy’s next-generation laser weapons with maritime environmental challenges. Dr. Evan Bates - a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division systems engineer who leads the High Energy Laser Measurement Support Laboratory - hopes to take the instruments used for optical turbulence measurements and incorporate them into shipboard lasers in the future. “You want to be able to get a real-time measurement with a single-ended system, because if we can get that we can look at the environment and evaluate the atmospheric effects on laser transmission to the target," said Bates. “That’s the end goal of optical turbulence instrumentation.” (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

British Royal Navy’s Second Sea Lord Visits NSWC Dahlgren Division
September 26, 2019
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Sept. 25, 2019) - British Royal Navy Second Sea Lord Vice Adm. Nicholas Hine shakes hands with Capt. Casey Plew, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) commanding officer, during a presentation held after a live test demonstration. Plew and Hine presented each other with their respective command coins. NSWCDD subject matter experts briefed the second sea lord and his delegation on programs and capabilities that included the NSWCDD Innovation Lab, digitalization of the U.S. Navy, high velocity tactical development, and directed energy weapons such as the high energy laser, electromagnetic railgun and hyper-velocity projectile.  (U.S. Navy photo/Released)