Naval Surface Warfare Center,
Indian Head Division's
Systems Integration Department,
Picatinny, NJ

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division's (NSWC IHD) Picatinny Detachment is home to the command's Systems Integration Department established at Picatinny as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process. Its mission is to perform Research, Development and Acquisition of Guns and Ammunition for the Navy. This includes supporting system design & procurement, installation, in-service trouble shooting, and life cycle support for guns and ammunition. The other main function of the Picatinny Detachment is in the Research, Development and Acquisition of Weapons and Armaments Packaging, Handling, Storage and Transportation (PHST) systems. This includes design, qualification, acquisition support, and in–service engineering for weapons containers, ordnance handling equipment, ordnance storage/stowage systems, and transportation systems. The relocation of the Navy's Guns and Ammunition and PHST functions to Picatinny Arsenal facilitates collaboration between Navy and Army subject matter experts.

As the Navy's Center of Energetic Excellence, NSWC IHD's mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, and in-service support of energetics and energetic materials for warheads, propulsion systems, ordnance and pyrotechnic devices and fuzing for the Navy, Joint Forces, and the Nation.

Guns Division

The Gun Systems Division function moved to Picatinny from Louisville, KY, and provides in-service engineering and technical support for minor, medium, and major caliber naval gun systems. The function originated in Louisville on November 20, 1940, when it was selected as the location for the final assembly and testing for the Navy's medium caliber gun mounts. Today this division provides the hands on engineering, technical, and logistics support necessary to keep the Navy's sophisticated gun systems operational.

Ammunition Division

The Ammunition Division function moved to Picatinny from Crane, IN, and provides in-service engineering and acquisition support for all conventional ammunition for the U.S. Navy. This division also includes the Mobile Ammunition Evaluation and Reconditioning Unit (MAERU) that was realigned from NSWC Crane's Fall Brook Detachment. The MAERU team travels to OCONUS locations to inspect and recondition ammunition thus saving valuable acquisition dollars. This Division also includes the Guns and Ammunition Ballistic Evaluation Function that was realigned from Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake. This function provides in-service engineering for the Navy's Aircraft gun weapons systems.

Packaging Handling, Storage & Transportation Division

The PHS&T Division moved to Picatinny from Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck, NJ and provides testing, engineering and technical support for PHS&T for all naval ordnance. The PHS&T Division has its roots in a function transferred to Earle from Army Labs in Natick, MA after numerous mishaps involving ordnance packaging onboard ship in the late 1950's. Because Navy ordnance spends the vast majority of its life cycle being packaged, stored, handled or transported so, PHST systems are critically important to assuring that Navy ordnance functions as intended when required. The mission of the Picatinny Detachment aligns well with the origins of the NSWC IHD. In 1890 Indian Head, MD, was selected as the Navy's gun proving ground. Over more than 120 years, the mission of NSWC Indian Head has grown to include the research and development of energetic materials for naval guns, missiles and air crew escape systems. The re-introduction of the direct interface with naval gun systems, along with the ammunition and packaging functions, strengthens NSWC Indian Head's guns and ammunition roots.

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