Welcome to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in
beautiful Southern Maryland. Located at the mouth of the Patuxent River, Naval Air Station Patuxent River occupies approximately 14,500 acres, including its Webster Field Annex, Solomons Recreation Center and the Bloodsworth Island Range. It is one of the most beautiful and vital shore installations in existence today.
NAS Patuxent River is where the future of Naval Aviation begins. As the host of more than 50 tenant activities, including the Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. NAS Patuxent River is home to the full spectrum of Research, Development, Acquisition, Test & Evaluation (RDAT&E) for all of Naval Aviation.
As the host, NAS Patuxent River ensures the integration and coordination of common operating support service delivery to
mission customers; to serve as the mission customer's principal advocate; and to integrate specific Commander, Navy Installations (CNIC) strategy/requirements into overall Naval District Washington regional strategy/requirements.
Pax River provides effective and affordable integrated warfare systems and life cycle support by
performing RDAT&E, engineering and fleet support for manned and unmanned aircraft, engines, avionics, aircraft support systems and ship/shore/air operations. This capability, coupled with
highly trained integrated test teams and associated state-of-the-art laboratories, provides the
expertise and facilities required to provide the warfighter with technologies that deliver dominant combat effects and world class capabilities.
NAS Patuxent River recognizes the new challenges placed on today's Navy families, and we will ensure you are provided the support you need. This guide is designed to help you as a
newcomer become familiar with NAS Patuxent River and historic St. Mary's county, making it
easier for you and your family to settle into your new home and job. I urge you to take
advantage of all the top-notch programs listed in this guide, and take the time to discover all of the educational, historical and recreational opportunities the surrounding community has to offer.
CAPT Stephen A. Schmeiser, USN