Established in 1966 as the successor to the Navy’s Bureau of Naval Weapons,
the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is headquartered in Patuxent River, Md., with military
and civilian personnel stationed at eight locations across the continental United States and one site overseas.
NAVAIR's mission is to provide full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems
operated by Sailors and Marines. This support includes research, design, development and systems
engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification;
and in-service engineering and logistics support.
Strategic Imperatives: Increase material readiness and deliver capabilities with increased speed.
NAVAIR is the principal provider for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), while contributing to every
Warfare enterprise in the interest of national security. We embrace the privilege of our responsibility
to the Sailor and Marine in partnership with industry, all Naval Aviation stakeholders,
and our fellow Systems Commands