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NSWC Philadelphia Command Stands Up

The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Philadelphia Division stood up as a separate echelon four Division within NSWC, Oct. 1.

NSWC Philadelphia Division, formerly known as Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES), was an echelon five command within NSWC Carderock Division.

"If we take a look back and view how much was accomplished over the past year, I think it's unprecedented," said NSWC Philadelphia Division Commanding Officer Capt. Walter Coppeans, III. "Keeping the day-to-day operations running while undergoing a large amount of organizational change in a relatively short time period is a testament to everyone's skills, hard work and dedication. Philadelphia Division and Carderock Division will always work together collaborating to support the Fleet now and in the future."

NSWC Carderock Division will continue to focus on full spectrum ship design support for the Navy and NSWC Philadelphia Division will continue to focus on full spectrum machinery systems support, with a new emphasis on commonality and cybersecurity.

NSWC Philadelphia Division employs approximately 1,745 civilian engineers, scientists, technicians and support personnel and has more than 100 laboratories and test sites.

"For more than 23 years, our men and women from Carderock and Philadelphia, both past and present, have proudly worked together, side-by-side," said Dr. Tim Arcano, NSWC Carderock Division technical director.

Arcano will serve as the temporary NSWC Philadelphia Division technical director until a permanent one is named.

"We will continue to work together in building and sustaining the world's greatest Navy," said Arcano,

Overall, the NAVSEA Warfare Centers represent approximately 30 percent of the Navy's engineering and scientific expertise and provide "full spectrum" technical advice and solutions to Navy program offices across multiple portfolios and in multiple warfare areas. Surface Warfare Magazine


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