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Installation Overview --Surface Combat Systems Center,Wallops Island, Virginia


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Installation Overview --Surface Combat Systems Center,Wallops Island, Virginia

SCSC Wallops Island

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Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) is co-located with NASA at the Wallops Flight Facility. SCSC is located in a rural setting on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia, which is famous for its wildlife refuge and unspoiled shorelines.

The CAPT Eric L. Washam AEGIS Engineering and Training Complex and the Ships Self Defense Systems Facility are located on the oceanfront of Wallops Island, where each contains sufficient equipment to duplicate the combat systems of all operational Cruisers, Destroyers, Amphibious and Carriers. With these capabilities, SCSC is becoming known as "The Battle Group in the Sand."

Wallops Island is named after John Wallop, a 17th century surveyor and original owner of the island. The Navy commissioned the Chincoteague Naval Air Station on the present site of the Wallops Main Base and established the Naval Aviation Ordnance Test Station on Wallops Island in 1941. In 1958, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was absorbed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Navy ceased operations at the Chincoteague Naval Air Station and Naval Aviation Ordnance Test Station. NASA acquired the naval facilities as part of their planned expansion.

The Navy returned to Wallops Island in the early 1980's, to start construction and development of Surface Combat Systems Center. Today in joint partnership with NASA, NOAA, and the USCG, Wallops Island has capabilities that will extend far into the future to make Wallops Island a leading competitor in state of the art technologies.

Official website for SCSC Wallops Island

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