NAVFAC EXWC represents organizations that have a rich and proud history dating back to May 1942, when the Advance Base Depot, Port Hueneme, was established to train, stage, and supply the newly created Seabees; and 1948 when the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory (NCEL) was established at Solomons, Maryland, for the testing of commercial equipment used by Naval Mobile Construction Battalions. NCEL expanded into a full spectrum research, development, testing and evaluation center and relocated to Port Hueneme, California, in 1950.
In 1993, NAVFAC consolidated NCEL with five major components: the Naval Energy and Environmental Support Activity (established in 1980); the Ocean Construction Project Office (FPO-1) and the Shore Electronics Project Office (FPO-2) - both located in Washington D.C.; the NAVFAC Assistant Commander for Engineering and Design; and the Ocean Facilities Program Office.
In the late 1990s, the Navy began streamlining its shore stations. Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC – formerly the Advance Base Depot) with its dual mission, as both logistics and mobilization support for the Seabees and host command for base support services, experienced a series of changes. In October 2000, NCBC's base support mission was realigned to the newly established Naval Base Ventura County, which carries on the proud tradition as the Home of the Pacific Seabees. NCBC's mission remained dedicated to support the Naval Construction Force and other expeditionary units.
In June 2003, NCBC's name changed to Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center (NFELC) to better reflect the command's newly-focused mission to support the Naval Expeditionary Forces. In 2006, with the creation of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and NAVFAC’s designation as their primary Systems Command, NFELC expanded its role leading Navy expeditionary logistics support.
On Dec. 12, 2017, EXWC was authorized as of the Department of Defense (DOD) newest Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory (STRL).
STRL is a designation for DOD labs and warfare centers that gives broad responsibility, authority, and flexibility to speed technology innovation to meet critical warfighter needs.
Today NAVFAC EXWC continues building upon it's legacy with the motto –
“Technology Driven - Warfighter Focused.”