China Lake NAWS front gate sign

China Lake NAWS sign at entrance in Ridgecrest, Calif.

Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake is a large military installation located in the Western Mojave Desert region of California, approximately 150 miles (240 km) north of Los Angeles. Its mission is to support the research, testing and evaluation programs of the U.S. Navy. It is part of Navy Region Southwest under Commander, Navy Installations Command. Originally known as Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS).


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