The Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren, Virginia was established in 1918 and has been testing ordnance for the fleet ever since. We found a great series of original color photos taken at Dahlgren during World War II showing the big guns at work.
Of note, lots of women, dubbed “Women Ordnance Workers,” or WOWs, clocked in at Dahlgren during WWII, something to keep in mind when you see tour a warship of the era that has been turned into a floating museum and remark at the big guns with, “they just don’t make ’em like that anymore.”
Named in honor of Rear Admiral John Adolphus Bernard Dahlgren, considered by the Navy to be the “Father of American naval ordnance” the Naval Proving Ground started testing weapons in World War I.
Known today as Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, the installation is still going loud by testing ordnance and engineers based there recently earned recognition for their work on laser weapons systems and the Hypervelocity Gun Weapon System.
Below is a highlight reel from a couple of years ago showing some more modern weapons being demoed at Dahlgren.
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