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 April 13-17, 2020

Monday, April 13

Testing at: EEA/PRTR River Operations/Directed Energy Building 213

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Some” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Some” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Upper Machodoc Creek
* Roads Closed on Station:
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Local barricades around the perimeter of B213
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

Tuesday, April 14

Testing at: Buildings 1180-1186/EEA/PRTR River Operations/Directed Energy Building 213

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Some” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Some” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Upper Machodoc Creek
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/Local barricades around the perimeter of B213
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

Wednesday, April 15

Testing at: Buildings 1180-1186/EEA/PRTR River Operations/Directed Energy Building 213

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Some” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Some” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Upper Machodoc Creek
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/Local barricades around the perimeter of B213
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

Thursday, April 16

Testing at: Buildings 1180-1186/EEA/PRTR River Operations/Directed Energy Building 213

*Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Noise on Station: Potential to create “Some” noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren.
* Noise Down Range: Potential to create “Some” noise downrange and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren.
* River Restrictions: Upper Machodoc Creek
* Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road/Shocktube Road/Blue Stone Road
* Barricades Closed on Station: Churchill Range/Harris Range/Area 3 Barricade/Shocktube Road Barricade/Hide Away Pond Barricade/1410 Back Gate/Blue Stone Road Barricade/Local barricades around the perimeter of B213
* EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 995/948/1122/455, Condition 1 in Buildings 1180/1186, Condition 4 in Buildings 102/161/943
* MR Shelter Condition:
* Other Notifications: None

Friday, April 17

No testing today


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