Naval Air Station Patuxent River
Naval Air Station Patuxent River is home to the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Headquarters. Patuxent River provides effective and affordable integrated warfare systems and life cycle support by performing research, development, test and evaluation, 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,
provides the facilities and expertise required to sustain combat-ready aircraft at sea.
The Patuxent River complex occupies approximately 13,800 acres, including the Webster Field Annex and Bloodsworth Island. This acreage includes five active runways, 10 hangars and 935 buildings as well as 780 square miles of restricted and 5,000 square miles of controlled airspace.
Pax conducted 165,000 aircraft operations (including take-offs, landings, approaches and airspace clearances) this year, and is home to more than 140 aircraft of all types and models. The complex represents an investment exceeding $2.8 billion in current plant value.
Tenant commands include:
• Naval Air Systems Command
• Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft
• Naval Research Lab Flight Support
• Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
• Marine Aviation Detachment
Navy Recreation Center Solomons
Navy Recreation Center Solomons is located 62 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., near the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. It was first used by the U.S. Navy in 1941 and has functioned as the Naval Ordnance Laboratory and Test Facility, Naval Mine Warfare Test Station and Naval Civil Engineering
Laboratory. In 1971 the Navy Recreation Center Solomons was established under Naval District Washington and is the largest Navy-owned outdoor recreation facility.
The 300-acre center serves as host of the Navy Recreation Center Solomons, Navy Family Housing and two industrial tenants. NRC Solomons provides a wide array of lodging, including campgrounds, cottages, bungalows, cabins and apartment rentals. Facilities such as picnic pavilions, the Adventure Zone Recreation Center, a 124-slip marina with boat rentals, fishing pier, swimming pools, beach, miniature golf, driving range, basketball courts and tennis courts are just a few of the recreational amenities available.