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Military Bases Near Washington DC


Marine & Navy Corps

Marine Barracks
8th & I Streets, SE
Washington, DC
Home to more than 1,100 Marines, Sailors and civilians, the Barracks supports both ceremonial and security missions in the nation's capital. The building is the oldest Marine post in the U.S. and the oldest public building in continuous use in Washington DC.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
4555 Overlook Ave., SW
Washington, DC
Conducts scientific research and advanced technological development of science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Field sites are located at Maryland Point, Blossom Point, Chesapeake Beach, Brandywine, Tilghman Island, Pax River, and Pomonkey in Maryland, and Quantico, Virginia. Four warfare-oriented centers are aligned by mission with the Systems Commands: the Naval Air Warfare Center, the Naval Command Control and Ocean Surveillance Center, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

U.S. Naval Observatory
Number One Observatory Circle
Washington DC
Research facility where scientists make observations of the sun, moon, planets and stars. The Vice President’s Residence is on the grounds of the Observatory.

Patuxent River Naval Air Station
Located 65 miles southeast of Washington DC, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay near Lexington Park, Maryland.
Home to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and supports naval aviation operations by researching, developing, testing and evaluating aircraft, aircraft components and related products.

U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland.
Located 30 miles east of Washington DC
Provides academic and professional training for naval and marine officers. Visitors enjoy tours of the facility, beginning at Armet-Leftwich Visitors Center. Highlights include the Ship-building Museum, Chapel, Herndon Monument, Crypt of John Paul Jones and the Statue of Tecumseh.

Marine Corps Base Quantico
Quantico, Virginia
Located 36 miles southwest of Washington DC near Triangle, Virginia.
Training site for Marines and home to the Corps' Combat Development Command. The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located near the base.

Naval Surface Weapons Center
Bethesda, Maryland
Located 13 miles northwest of Downtown Washington DC
Responsible for improving the performance of ships, submarines, military water craft, and unmanned vehicles, as well as research for military logistics systems.

Yorktown Naval Weapons Station
Yorktown, Virginia
Located 160 miles south of Washington DC, near Newport News, Virginia
Hosts 25 tenant commands which include the Atlantic Ordnance Command, the Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity, the Marine Corps Second Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team, Fleet Industrial Supply Center Detachment, Fleet Hospital Support Office, Navy Cargo Handling and Port Group and 19 Storefronts.

Norfolk Naval Base
Hampton, Virginia
Located 190 miles south of Washington DC near Newport News, Virginia
Supports naval forces in the United States Fleet Forces Command

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