Patuxent River, Maryland Heavy Gauge Thermoforming
Situated in beautiful Southern Maryland, located at the mouth of the Patuxent River, Naval Air Station Patuxent River takes up approximately 14,500 acres, as well as its Webster Field Annex, Solomons Recreation Center and the Bloodsworth Island Range. It is one of the most beautiful and critical shore installations in existence today.
Patuxent River is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay in the state of Maryland. There are three main river drainages for central Maryland: the Potomac River to the west passing through Washington D.C., the Patapsco River to the northeast passing through Baltimore, and the Patuxent River between the two. The 957 square miles (2,479 km2) Patuxent watershed had a rapidly growing population of 590,769 in 2000. It is the longest river to be located entirely within the state of Maryland. It is the largest river whose watershed lies completely in the state of Maryland.
NAS Patuxent River is where the future of Naval Aviation starts. As the host of more than 50 tenant activities, including the Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. NAS Patuxent River is home to the full spectrum of Research, Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation (RDAT&E) for all of Naval Aviation.
The base became a center for testing as several facilities were constructed throughout the 1950s and 1960s; including the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (1958), the Weapons Systems Test Division (1960), and the Propulsion System Evaluation Facility. The base also served as the testing facility for the V-22 Osprey.The situated in beautiful Southern Maryland.
In addition to its role in testing naval aircraft, during the 1950s to 1970, Patuxent River served as an operational base for a Transport Squadron – VR-1, a TACAMO squadron – VQ-4, Airborne Training Unit Atlantic – AEWTULANT, and VW-11, VW-13 AN VW-15 and a number of Patrol Squadrons including VP-8, VP-44, VP-49, VP-24, VP-30 and VP-68.