The Washington Navy Yard is the site of a range of activities related to the US Navy and to the Regional Headquarters Naval District Washington. The District coordinates most of the Navy units located in Washington, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. The following commands are headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard.
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) at the Washington Navy Yard is the biggest of the Navy's five systems commands. NAVSEA designs, builds, and procures ships, shipboard weapons, and shipboard combat systems. The staff of engineers, architects, technicians, scientists, craftsmen and other professionals manage over one hundred acquisition programs and manage the foreign military sales program.
The Military Sealift Command (MSC) at the Washington Navy Yard provides ocean transportation of materials that sustain US forces around the world during both peacetime and war. Most equipment and supplies needed to support the US military during a war are carried by sea. The Sealift Command is one of three components of the US Transportation Command. The MSC also participates in humanitarian missions.
Headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command provides facilities engineering and acquisition for the Navy, the Marine Corps, and other Department of Defense agencies. Managing business worth over $7.6 billion per year, the Command manages programs of the Seabees and the Naval Construction Force, and it manages equipment and materials for the Naval Beach Group and other special operating units of the Navy.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center at the Washington Navy Yard provides engineering, scientific, and technical services and products around the globe, including worldwide management of Naval Construction Force assets.
The Washington Navy Yard's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (National Capital Region) delivers FORCNet and develops, delivers, and maintains integrated communications, intelligence, and computer surveillance and reconnaissance systems.
The Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station at the Washington Navy Yard is a vital part of the Navy's operational and support infrastructure. The Station maintains and operates global information systems and services around the world to support the command, control, and administration of the US Navy.
Based at the Washington Navy Yard, the Office of the Naval Inspector General, the "conscience of the Navy," helps the Navy and Marine Corps maintain the highest levels of service by examining the readiness, discipline, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of those organizations.
The Office of the Judge Advocate General provides policy and legal advice to the Secretary of the Navy on all legal matters not under the General Counsel. This Washington Navy Yard office also helps formulate and implement policies related to the provision of legal services within the Navy.
The Washington Navy Yard's Field Support Activity (FSA) establishes, maintains, and provides financial services for Navy Headquarters and assigned commands. The FSA evaluates performance and the use of funds and manpower and recommends funding levels and corrective actions.
The Naval Historical Center at the Washington Navy Yard is the Navy's official history program and facility. The Library was established in 1800 by President John Adams. Today, the Center houses a museum, art gallery, research library, and archives.