Lakehurst is the critical link between Naval Aviation and the Navy Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups worldwide. As part of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), we support all the aircraft that operate from ships at sea, as well as the ships from which they operate, along with the U.S. Marine Corps expeditionary airfields worldwide. Lakehurst is the source for engineering support activity for Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) and Naval Aviation Support Equipment. Our purpose is to infuse modern technology across the entire spectrum of equipment needed to launch, land and maintain aircraft from ships at sea.
Our mission is clear: to provide unsurpassed products and services to our Sailors and Marines. We make sure that fixed and rotary wing aircraft operate safely and effectively from ships at sea and from austere expeditionary airfields. Designing, prototyping, testing and contracting are the main elements of our work – whether it’s catapults, arresting gear, visual landing aids, flight deck marking/lighting systems, aircraft and weapons handling equipment, aircraft servicing and maintenance equipment, unique avionics testing equipment, aircraft engine test equipment and shipboard aircraft fire trucks that we’re working on. Lakehurst is the only location responsible for this unique and vital aspect of Naval Aviation.