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Installation Overview -- Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California

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Installation Overview -- Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California
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Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is an airborne weapons testing and training range operated by the United States Navy and its contractors. It is located in the northeast of California's Mojave Desert in northwestern San Bernardino County, southwestern Inyo County, and northeastern Kern County, adjacent to Ridgecrest, California.

Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake is the Navy’s largest single landholding, representing 34 percent of the Navy’s total land worldwide. The restricted airspace is composed of 19,600 square miles of controlled airspace, totaling 12 percent of California’s total airspace and provides an unprecedented venue for integrated testing and training of today’s war fighter. More than 95 percent of its 1.1-million acres has remained undisturbed during the course of NAWS mission.

China Lake is located approximately three to four hours from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Mammoth and Death Valley. Within four hours you will find ski resorts, beaches and shopping.. It is a great location for those that love the outdoors. Temperatures vary throughout the year. From May to August the day time temperature can be more than 110 degrees with evening temperatures in the 70s. The rest of the year, daytime temperatures are around 60-70 and evening temperatures in the 20s and 30s.

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWS) mission is to support the Navy's research, testing and evaluation missions to provide cutting-edge weapons systems to the warfighter.

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