ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Oct. 10 -- The U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command issued the following news:
It has been two years since the U.S. Navy officially re-established its presence at Picatinny Arsenal, beginning Sep. 15, 2011. It had been close to 50 years since the Navy relinquished all land and responsibilities back to the U.S. Army in July 1960, before a small three-person team prepared for a "stand-up" here in 2007.
The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) Commission recommended and the congress and the president approved the creation of an integrated weapons and armaments specialty site for guns and ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal. Jobs and functions were transferred here from Earle Naval Weapons Station in Colts Neck, N.J., the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Technology Division's Louisville Detachment, in Louisville, Ky., the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane, Ind., and the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Technology Division's Picatinny Detachment (NSWC IHEODTD) includes three primary functions:
-ammunition in-service and acquisition engineering for all the Navy's conventional ammunition.
-gun systems in-service and acquisition engineering
-Weapons and armaments packaging, handling, storage, and transportation (PHS&T) development, testing and in-service engineering.
As the Navy's Center of Energetic Excellence, NSWC IHEODTD'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.
Within the command, the detachment is known as the Systems Integration Department. Its mission is to perform research, development, acquisition and sustainment of guns and ammunition for the Navy. This includes supporting system design and procurement, installation, in-service trouble shooting, and lifecycle support for guns and ammunition.
Additionally, the detachment supports weapon developments by designing shipping containers and specialized handling equipment for new and upgraded weapons at its PHST Division.
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 among Navy and Army subject matter experts.