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Installation Overview --Naval District Washington


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Installation Overview --Naval District Washington

Naval District Washington- The Navy's Flagship Command

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With the nation's capital at its heart, Naval District Washington encompasses more than 4,000 square miles, including the District of Columbia; the Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Calvent, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George's, and St. Mary's, and northern Virginia counties of Loudoun, Fauquier, Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford King George, Westmoreland, Arlington and the cities within their outer boundaries. Naval District Washington is known as the "Quarterdeck of the Navy."

Naval District Washington is the regional provider of common operating support to Naval installations within a 100-mile radius of the Pentagon. Services provided include public affairs, public works, public safety, community support, human resources, information technology, supply, air and port operations, ceremonial support, environmental and safety and morale, welfare and recreation.

Commandant, Naval District Washington represents the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in a variety of matters, including public and diplomatic functions and the presentation of awards and decorations. The commandant coordinates Navy participation in official ceremonies and serves as deputy commanding officer for the Joint Forces Headquarters - National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR). Commandant, Naval District Washington is also the responsible line commander for the National Naval Medical Center and National Naval Dental Center. The commandant serves as Immediate Superior in Command for Navy Exchange Washington.

The Washington Navy Yard, authorized by the first Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert, in 1799, is the U.S. Navy's oldest shore establishment. It occupies land set aside by George Washington for use by the Federal Government along the Anacostia River. The Washington Navy Yard has long served as the ceremonial gateway to the Nation's Capital. WWI’s Unknown Soldier's body was received at the Yard, and Charles A. Lindbergh returned to the Yard after his famous transatlantic flight in 1927.

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