Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific

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A testing facility at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) is the U.S. Navy's research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support center for command, control and communication systems and ocean surveillance. SSC Pacific provides information resources to support the joint warfighter in mission execution and force protection. It is located at 4301 Pacific Highway in the Midway neighborhood, part of the Point Loma peninsula in San Diego, California. The facility is located in a former Convair aircraft factory once known as Air Force Plant 19.[1]


SSC Pacific was established June 1, 1940 as the Navy's first West Coast laboratory. Other sites are located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Barrigada, Guam; Yokosuka, Japan; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Stuttgart, Germany; and Bahrain. The Center employs 3,400 civilian and military personnel, the majority of them engineers, scientists and technicians developing technology to meet the Navy's information requirements of the future and providing Fleet support to keep current information systems running.


Long low building, very very long, with sign that reads "SPAWAR"
SPAWAR San Diego

In 1997 the San Diego facility became the headquarters of the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), formerly located in the Washington, D.C. area.[2] SPAWAR (pronounced spay-war) and its systems centers provide much of the tactical and non-tactical information management technology required by the Navy to complete its operational missions. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) is one of five field activities of SPAWAR. The other four activities are:

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SSC Pacific is the host of the AUVSI annual Autonomous Underwater Vehicle competition and has been since 2002.


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Coordinates: 32°44′57″N 117°11′50″W / 32.74917°N 117.19722°W / 32.74917; -117.19722