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Naval Air Facility Washington is a United States Naval Reserve air facility. It was merged in 2009 with Andrews Air Force Base to create Joint Base Andrews in accordance with law passed by Congress under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). Although they share parallel runways, NAF Washington was originally considered a separate air installation and maintained a separate Navy/Marine Corps–unique FAA airfield identifier of NSF and an ICAO airfield identifier of KNSF. Pursuant to BRAC 2005, these separate airfield identifiers were discontinued on 29 March 2009 and all flight operations in and out of NAF Washington use the Andrews AFB airfield identifiers of ADW and KADW as appropriate.[1]

Naval Air Facility Washington

Andrews Field
C-130T Hercules of VR-48 takes off from NAF Washington 1993.JPEG
A U.S. Navy Reserve Lockheed C-130T Hercules (BuNo 164998) of Transport Squadron 48 (VR-48) takes off from the south runway at Naval Air Facility Washington D.C on a training flight of the then newly acquired transport.
Airport typeMilitary
ServesWashington, D.C.
Elevation AMSL280 ft / 85 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01L/19R 9,300 2,835 Concrete
01R/19L 9,755 2,973 Asphalt/Concrete

Current statusEdit

Naval Air Facility Washington (NAFW) maintains a Joint Partnership as the supported component of Joint Base Andrews-NAF Washington. As a result of BRACs between 1988 and 2015 that closed seven other Navy Reserve (formerly Naval Reserve)-controlled naval air stations and naval air facilities across the United States, NAFW is one of only three remaining Navy Reserve air installations in the U.S. It is subordinate to Commander Naval Air Force Reserve headquartered in San Diego, CA. Its mission is training and readiness support for 12 Navy and Marine Corps commands aboard NAFW in order to deploy forces globally.

Tenant commandsEdit

The tenant commands include 3 operational squadrons: VR-1, VR-53, and VMR Andrews. The squadrons execute missions with C-37B, C-20D, C-130T, and UC-35D aircraft to support VIP transport, Navy Airlift Logistics, and Marine Corps VIP flights. The other tenant commands on NAFW perform different missions supporting various enterprises throughout the Navy. Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Washington ensures personnel support and mobilization readiness for over 3000 Navy Reservists in the DC area. Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Mid-Atlantic det NAFW performs all the intermediate level maintenance functions to support the operational squadrons. Navy Communication-Security Material System (NCMS) Command manages all COMSEC throughout the Navy and reports to Navy Cyber Command. Additional NAFW tenant commands include: Information Dominance Corps (IDC) Region Washington, Branch Health Clinic NAFW, Aviation Supply Depot (ASD) Washington, Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) det NAFW, Navy Recruiting Office Andrews and the Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center. Over 700 personnel work on NAFW on a daily basis. In addition to deciding executive facility priorities with the Air Force, the NAFW HQ staff provides the following functions to the tenants: maintenance of the Navy Marine Corps Internet system, Communications Security Material support, VIP hosting, facility coordination, and station weapons.


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