Gun Weapon Systems Station
Naval Ordnance Station Louisville (NOSL)
The Gun Weapon Systems Station support of the Navy's warfare systems includes state-of-the-art engineering and logistics technology. Warfare systems include all the elements used in military engagements, and NAVSEA Port Hueneme supports the systems used by surface ships.
The Gun Weapon Systems Station mission is to provide core leadership in the acquisition, production, and operational support of in-service and emerging naval gun weapon systems, integrated ship defense systems, and equipments; to maintain the Navy's corporate technology base for gun weapon systems; to maintain rapid response capability for reconstitution of Naval forces if mobilization is needed; to ensure that current and future fleet operational readiness requirements are achieved and maintained; to strengthen the private sector's technology base by on site support of Louisville privatization and through defense conversion and technological transfer. Evaluates and assists in program integration with other combat system programs at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NAVSURFWARCEN), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). To provide technical engineering support to the on-site Defense Contract Management Office (DCMO).
On January 29, 1941, ground was broken for what was to become Naval Ordnance Station Louisville (NOSL). The plant was commissioned on October 1, 1941 under contract to Westinghouse Electric Corporation, a private contractor, as a Naval Shore Establishment.
At its peak, some 4200 personnel were employed in the assembly of gun mounts, torpedo tubes, and other naval ordnance. Westinghouse's contract expired in February 1946, and NOSL was turned over to Navy control; approximately 500 employees were retained and converted to civil service status. The workforce grew to some 850 employees by October 1948, however, reductions in workload caused employment to decline to fewer than 100 by August 1950.
The Korean War caused the Navy to again need the type of equipment produced by NOSL, and expansion of personnel and equipment was undertaken. The employment totals rose to over 1800; and machine tools, test equipment and plating operations were greatly enlarged. The engineering department was staffed, the quality assurance group was established, service departments were set up with specific missions, including a supply department assigned purchasing and storage duties.
Changes to mission, responsibility and workload were commonplace during the time period form the 1950's to the 1990's. In the 1990's, NOSL was the only Navy facility capable of providing both major overhaul and complete engineering and technical support services for the Navy's surface weapon systems. NOSL remanufactured, repaired, and updated naval gun systems from 20 millimeters through five inches and provided engineering support for all naval guns. NOSL was the only approved engineering and overhaul facility for the PHALANX Close-in Weapon System, the Navy's highly sophisticated anti-ship missile defense system. NOSL also manufactured gun barrels, missile hardware, and a wide variety of weapon system parts for the Navy and the other military services.
On August 16, 1996, NOSL returned to the concept of private industry management. NOSL responsibilities were distributed between United Defense, Hughes Missile System Company, the local government, and a small government workforce. In October 1997, the remaining government presence at NOSL became known as Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Huemene Division Louisville Detachment.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to close Mansfield-Lahm Municipal Airport Air Guard Station (AGS), OH. It would move the 179th Airlift Wing's (ANG) flying related Expeditionary Combat Support (ECS) to Louisville IAP AGS, KY (aerial port).
In another recommendation, DoD recommended to realign Nashville International Airport (IAP) AGS, TN. This recommendation would distribute the C-130H aircraft of the 118th Airlift Wing (ANG) to the 123d Airlift Wing (ANG), Louisville IAP AGS, KY (four aircraft) and another installation. Military judgment was the predominant factor in this recommendation--this realignment would create one right-sized squadron at Louisville (79) and would retain experienced ANG personnel.
DoD also recommended to realign the Louisville, KY, detachment of Naval Surface Warfare Center Division Port Hueneme, CA, by relocating gun and ammunition Research and Development & Acquisition to Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. This recommendation would realign and consolidate those gun and ammunition facilities working in Weapons and Armaments (W&A) Research (R), Development & Acquisition (D&A). This realignment would result in a more robust joint center for gun and ammunition Research, Development & Acquisition at Picatinny Arsenal. This location was already the greatest concentration of military value in gun and ammunition W&A RD&A. This recommendation would include Research, Development & Acquisition activities in the Army and Navy. It would promote jointness, enable technical synergy, and position the Department of Defense to exploit center-of-mass scientific, technical, and acquisition expertise within the weapons and armament Research, Development & Acquisition community that resided at this DoD specialty location. Assuming no economic recovery, this recommendation could result in a maximum potential reduction of 506 jobs (296 direct jobs and 210 indirect jobs) over the 2006-2011 periods in the Louisville, KY-IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area (less than 0.1 percent).
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