Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Center of Naval Aviation

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) are located at Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS PAX). These organizations are the United States Navy’s center for naval aviation. Anything that takes off and lands from an aircraft carrier and its supported technologies pass through NAVAIR and NAWCAD.

Home to one-of-a-kind research, development, test, and evaluation facilities across a range of disciplines, NAS PAX attracts diverse and highly educated people, as well as over 200 firms in the aviation, unmanned systems, advanced manufacturing spaces that work with them.


  • Over $40 billion of funds is appropriated to NAVAIR annually
  • The Navy's busiest flight test center
  • 25,000 civilian, contractor, and military personnel work at PAX
  • 2nd highest economic impact of military installations in Maryland (There are 16 installations in the State)
  • 8.2 million sq. ft. of facilities in 890 buildings and 5 runways
  • 72% of employees live in St. Mary’s County

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