NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport broke ground for a new $20.7 million Electromagnetic Sensor facility Oct. 31.
R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressman David Cicilline attended and participated in the groundbreaking.
"This project will result in a significant upgrade to our capabilities," said Capt. Todd Cramer, commander, NUWC Newport. "Thanks to the addition of this facility, NUWC will be well-equipped to keep our submarines at the forefront of emerging electromagnetic sensor technologies well into the future."
When completed, the 54,000 square foot facility will include six laboratories and a five-story periscope tower designed to repair and certify periscopes, submarine communications systems, electronic warfare equipment, and imaging/optical systems. The new building will provide space for both personnel and equipment for prototyping, acquisition and production support, as well as in-service engineering and test functions.
"This is important for the Navy," said Reed. "With the maritime threats that we face, the ability of submarines to operate without detection close to shore makes them much more valuable than they were at any time in our history."
The building will also be NUWC Newport's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building designed to achieve LEED-New Construction Gold Certification. It is expected to be completed by September 2013.
NUWC Newport is one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. NUWC Newport's mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures.
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