NSWC Dahlgren Division

This page provides daily information about the operations and scheduling of activities at the Potomac River Test Range and the Explosive Experimental Area (Pumpkin Neck). These facilities are used by our military to conduct munitions testing and should be avoided while testing is in progress. Click on any of the areas of interest to the right for additional information.

Range / Weapons Testing Hotline: 877-845-5656 (toll free) for daily updates on range operation and test schedules.

Noise Questions & Comments:866-359-5540 (toll free) to comment or ask a question about noise or vibrations you think are being caused by operations at Dahlgren.

For more information on NSWC Dahlgren’s range schedule, contact the NSWCDD Public Affairs Office, (540) 653-8152.Range Schedule for April 1, 2019

RDT&E operations are very dynamic in nature and range schedules can change frequently. For daily updates on range operations and test schedules, contact our Range / Weapons Testing Hotline: 877-845-5656 (toll free) or the Range Operations Center (540) 653-8791.

Potomac River Test Range Schedule for April 1-5 (as of 3-29-19):

Monday April 1

Testing at AA Fuze Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the eastern (AA Fuze Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: River Bank Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: AA Fuze Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: N/A
  • Other Notifications: N/A

Tuesday April 2

Testing at Terminal Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Lower Gambo Creek gate, Middle Gate
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None

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Wednesday April 3

Testing at Terminal Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Lower Gambo Creek gate, Middle Gate
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None

Thursday April 4

Testing at Terminal Range/Testing at Main Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, River Bank Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Lower Gambo Creek gate, Middle Gate, and Main Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455, Condition 4 in Building 102
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: Main Range Local Shelter – South
  • Other Notifications: None

Friday April 5

Testing at Terminal Range/Testing at Main Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, River Bank Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Lower Gambo Creek gate, Middle Gate, and Main Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455, Condition 4 in Building 102
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: Main Range Local Shelter – South
  • Other Notifications: None

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