Welcome to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake

NAWS China Lake provides and maintains land, facilities and other assets that support the Navy’s research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation (RDAT&E) of cutting-edge weapons systems for the warfighter.

Installation Information

NAWS China Lake is located in the Western Mojave Desert region of California, approximately 150 miles north of Los Angeles. The installation is the Navy's largest single landholding, representing 85 percent of the Navy’s land for RDAT&E use and 38 percent of the Navy’s land holdings worldwide. In total, its two ranges and main site cover more than 1.1 million acres, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.


Visiting China Lake for the first time? - Whether for business, to visit the Naval Museum or to access your child's school, the Installation Guide under the About Tab on the NAWS Website will provide the information you need. The many facets of NAWS China Lake - Learn about how we operate to provide support to the warfighter, be responsible stewards, and protect our most important asset - our people. Petroglyph tours at NAWS China Lake - Explore a portion of one of the largest collections of Native American rock art in the Western Hemisphere. Observe the etchings. Contemplate the messages left behind.
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