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United States Navy
30 Battle Group Way
Wallops Island, VA 23337-2283
Lower than the U.S. National Average
SCSC, Wallops Island is a rural area with little to no public transportation. A car and a valid driver’s license are a virtual necessity. Also, if you are arriving during mid-summer and need temporary quarters, first contact the NGIS for reservations. If there are no rooms available, you will need to make reservations at a local hotel on Chincoteague Island. Reservations should be made well in advance since summer is high tourist season in this resort area.
SCSC, Wallops Island is a rural area with little to no public transportation. A car and a valid driver’s license are a virtual necessity. Also, if you are arriving during mid-summer and need temporary quarters, first contact the Navy Gateway Inn and Suites for reservations. If there are no rooms available, you will need to make reservations at a local hotel on Chincoteague Island. Reservations should be made well in advance since summer is a high tourist season in this resort area.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Wallops Island does not have DSN.
Our mission is to execute high-fidelity shipboard representative integrated warfare capabilities in a maritime environment to strengthen the fleet. SCSC is an Echelon III Navy command under the Program Executive Officer, Integrated Warfare Systems. Center for Surface Combat Systems Detachment Wallops Island, a detachment of Center for Surface Combat Systems, Dahlgren, Virginia is a tenant Command at Wallops Island. Surface Combat Systems Center was previously AEGIS Combat Systems Center.
Wallops Island is named after John Wallop, a 17th century surveyor and original owner of the island. The island has been used for grazing livestock, as a hunting preserve, and as a location for a Coast Guard Station. The Navy commissioned the Chincoteague Naval Air Station on the present site of the Wallops Main Base and established the Naval Aviation Ordnance Test Station on Wallops Island in 1941. In 1958, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was absorbed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Navy ceased operations at the Chincoteague Naval Air Station and Naval Aviation Ordnance Test Station. NASA acquired the naval facilities as part of their planned expansion. Since then, NASA has launched numerous research vehicles in the quest for information of the flight characteristics of airplanes, launch vehicles, spacecraft, and upper atmosphere physics. This research has contributed and is contributing significantly to the success of the U.S. space program.
The Navy returned to Wallops Island in the early 1980's, to start construction and development of Surface Combat Systems Center. Today in joint partnership with NASA, NOAA, and the USCG, Wallops Island has capabilities that will extend far into the future to make Wallops Island a leading competitor in state of the art technologies. For more information, go to the SCSC https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/SCSC/.
SCSC is comprised of a hard charging team of over 300 military, civilian and contractor personnel all working together to provide highly technical engineering and training support to the fleet.
38,000 in Accomack County Virginia.
Surface Combat Systems Center is co-located with NASA at the Wallops Flight Facility. SCSC is a highly sophisticated facility uniquely located in a rural setting on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia which is famous for its wildlife refuge and unspoiled shorelines. The Captain Eric L. Washam AEGIS Engineering and Training Complex, the Ships Self Defense Facility and the Wallops Island Engineering Test Center are located on the oceanfront of Wallops Island. Each facility contains sufficient equipment to duplicate the combat systems of all operational cruisers, destroyers, amphibious and carriers as well as the next generation destroyer and aircraft carriers. With these capabilities, SCSC is becoming known as The Battle Group in the Sand.SCSC's headquarters complex, bachelor quarters, Navy Gateway Inn and Suites and Navy family housing units are located just south of the NASA main gate and are designed to co-exist in the tranquil environment of the Eastern Shore. The base operator's phone number is 757-824-1692.
Salisbury, Maryland – Salisbury Regional Airport (SBY) 29 miles north
Directions from the North (DC area): Take U.S. Rte 50 East to Salisbury, MD. From Salisbury take U.S. Rte 13 South about 40 miles. Cross the Maryland/Virginia line and turn left approximately 4 miles on to Rte. 175 towards Chincoteague. Travel on 175 approximately 5 miles to your first stop light. Take a left at the light on to Atlantic Rd. Travel approximately ¼ mile and the Navy gate will be on your right. Enter Gate and proceed to Headquarters Building R-30.
Norfolk, Virginia – Norfolk International Airport (ORF) 82 miles south
Directions from the South (Norfolk): Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and travel North on U.S. Rte 13 approximately 75 miles. Turn right on to Rte. 175 towards Chincoteague. Travel on 175 approximately 5 miles to your first stop light. Take a left at the light on to Atlantic Rd. Travel approximately ¼ mile and the Navy gate will be on your right. Enter Gate and proceed to Headquarters Building R-30.
Rental Cars available at both airports.
Arriving from the NorthTake Route 13 South to signal at Route 175 (4 miles south of Maryland/Virginia Border). Turn east onto Route 175. The road is marked for NASA, Chincoteague and Assateague. Continue east on Route 175 approx. 3 miles to the intersection of 175/798 (Ocean Deli and BP gas station), turn left onto route 798. continue on Route 798 approx. 1/2 mile to the sign indicating "SCSC Headquarters." Turn right into fenced area. Continue straight ahead to the two story SCSC Headquarters Building (R-30). If you are staying the night, please stop by the NGIS/BQ (R-20) front desk to sign in and receive your keys. R-20 is the first building on the right as you enter the compound.Arriving from the SouthFollow Route 13 North over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel approximately 100 miles. Turn right on Route 175 and follow same directions as above.
Incoming personnel should have their copy of orders, military I.D. card, drivers license, and auto insurance information. Families with school age children should have their birth certificates, immunization records, social security cards and current physical certification.
Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.
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