Naval Sea Systems Command

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NAVSEA official logo as of 2000.

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the United States Navy's five "systems commands," or materiel (not to be confused with "material") organizations. NAVSEA consists of four shipyards, ten "warfare centers" (two undersea and eight surface), four major shipbuilding locations and the NAVSEA headquarters, located at the Washington Navy Yard, in Washington D.C.

NAVSEA's primary objective is to engineer, build, and support the U.S. Navy's fleet of ships and its combat systems. NAVSEA accounts for one quarter of the Navy's entire budget, with more than 150 acquisition programs under its oversight.

The other Navy systems commands are:[1]


Seal of the Naval Sea Systems Command (historic).

The origin of NAVSEA dates to 1794, when Commodore John Barry was charged to oversee the construction of a 44-gun frigate and ensure that all business "harmonized and conformed" to the public's interest.[2] Since then various organizations were established and succeeded them to oversee design, construction and repair of ships and ordnance.

Established in 1940, Bureau of Ships (BuShips) succeeded the Bureau of Construction and Repair, which had been responsible for ship design and construction, and the Bureau of Engineering, which had been responsible for propulsion systems. These bureaus traced their origins back to earlier organizations.

The Naval Ship Systems Command was established in 1966 replacing BuShips.[3]

The Naval Sea Systems Command was established on July 1, 1974[3] with the merger of the Naval Ship Systems Command (NAVSHIPS) with the Naval Ordnance Systems Command (NAVORD). NAVORD was the successor to the Bureau of Naval Weapons and the earlier Bureau of Ordnance.

Command History[edit]

The following are the current and previous NAVSEA commanders

Program Executive Officers (PEO)[edit]

NAVSEA's five affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEOs) are responsible for all aspects of life-cycle management of their assigned programs. PEOs report to the NAVSEA commander for planning and execution of in-service support, and to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) for acquisition-related matters.[17]

The NAVSEA affiliated PEOs are:

  • Program Executive Officer, Aircraft Carriers (PEO Carriers)
  • Program Executive Officer, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS)
  • Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC)
  • Program Executive Officer, Ships (PEO Ships)
  • Program Executive Officer, Submarines (PEO Subs)
  • Program Executive Officer, Columbia (PEO Columbia)


NAVSEA Headquarters[edit]

Washington Navy YardWashington D.C.

Aegis Technical Representative (AEGIS TECHREP)[edit]

Warfare Centers[edit]

Naval Surface Warfare Centers (NSWC)[edit]

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC)[edit]

Supervisors of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP)[20][edit]

Naval Shipyards[edit]

Naval Sea Logistics Center, Mechanicsburg, PA[21][edit]

NAVSEA Contracted U.S. Federal Laboratory[edit]

See also[edit]

U.S. Military Material Commands[edit]

U.S. Navy Systems Commands (SYSCOM)[edit]


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  12. ^ Nagle, David. "NAVSEA Commander, Navy's Senior EDO Retires". Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs. United States Navy. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony: Commander, Long Beach Naval Shipyard". Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Department of the Navy. 29 June 1987. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  14. ^ Holley, Joe (February 23, 2008). "Vice Adm. Earl B. Fowler, 82; Naval Sea Systems Commander". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  15. ^ Where the fleet begins: A History of the David Taylor Research Center, 1898-1998. Government Printing Office. p. 497. ISBN 978-0-16-087308-9.
  16. ^ "Robert C. Gooding". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  17. ^ "About NAVSEA". NAVSEA. Archived from the original on 2014-10-08.
  18. ^ Navy Shore Activities and Detachments Archived 2017-01-26 at the Wayback Machine used to determine relationship of Navy commend, Accessed December 21, 2014
  19. ^ "NUWC Keyport". NAVSEA. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion & Repair". 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  21. ^ "Naval Sea Logistics Center".

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