News Release, 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 the week of Aug 5 – 9, 2019

Monday, August 5

Testing at North Main Range/Operations in Building 1180/Boat Operations on the Potomac River

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “SOME” noise in the eastern (Main Range) and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “SOME” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 10,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren to yellow N and O buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, River Bank Road, Holden Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180, North Main Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/200
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, August 6

Testing at North Main Range/Operations in Building 1180/Boat Operations on the Potomac River

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “SOME” noise in the eastern (Main Range) and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “SOME” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 10,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren to yellow N and O buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, River Bank Road, Holden Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180, North Main Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/200
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None

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Wednesday, August 7

Testing at AA Fuze Range/Boat Operations on the Potomac River

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise in the eastern (AA Fuze Range) and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow J and K buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, River Bank Road, Holden Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180, Main Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/200
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None

Thursday, August 8

Testing at AA Fuze Range/Boat Operations on the Potomac River

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise in the eastern (AA Fuze Range) and southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 20,000 yards downrange from NSF Dahlgren to yellow J and K buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, River Bank Road, Holden Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180, Main Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None

Friday, August 9

Operations in Building 1180

  • Operating Times: Continuous
  • Noise on Station: None
  • Noise Down Range: None
  • River Restrictions: None
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Building 1180
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: Main Range Local Shelter
  • Other Notifications: None

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