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Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport

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1176 Howell St.
Newport, RI 02841

Organization's Description:

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport located in Newport Rhode Island, is the Navy's full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support center for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, and offensive and defensive weapons systems associated with undersea warfare.

USW Autonomous Vehicles
Provides corporate scientific and engineering knowledge and facilities for conducting a full spectrum program of research, science and technology, development, engineering, acquisition planning, and test and evaluation for USW autonomous unmanned undersea systems, with equal emphasis on technology base, advanced development, requirements generation and system employment, modeling and simulation, full-scale development, in-service engineering, supportability, and life-cycle hardware and software support. Provides research and concept development expertise and specialized facilities in support of experimental UUV technology base programs, including air-independent fuel cell and advanced energy and power conversion, to ensure technology development and insertion for unmanned undersea vehicle systems and USW mobile training targets. This technical capability also includes hulls, power, propulsion, machinery, and associated controls for small tactical scale UUVs with responsibilities decreasing when vehicle size exceeds 21 inches in diameter. This capability also includes payload integration and associated core systems for all USW Autonomous Systems in the following mission areas: ASW, above water ISR, ISR supporting ASW, Tactical Oceanography, and Multi-Mission.

USW Distributed Netted Systems
Provides corporate scientific and engineering knowledge and facilities to develop and integrate the technologies required to deliver netcentric battlespace warfighting capability. Supports the deployment and utilization of distributed netted sensors and systems and the command and control capabilities and tools necessary to provide an expanded battlespace awareness and enable effective and timely warfighter response. Provides end to end systems engineering, including architectures, information assurance, anti-tamper and interface requirements, of undersea warfare distributed sensor systems, and command and control across platforms, within the undersea warfare battle space and the theater level battle space. Unique technical challenges include off board, mobile and fixed, netted sensors, long endurance energy sources, autonomy and group behavior, underwater communications, advanced processing techniques and system-level command and control.

The Narragansett Bay Shallow Water Test Facility (NBSWTF), located just off the coast of Newport, RI, is a Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) test and evaluation facility designed to support research and development work in advanced underwater weapons and weapons systems, weapon launchers, Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), and oceanographic equipment.

The NBSWTF offers a variety of unique shallow water ranges which allow government, academic and industry partners to expose prototype systems to real environments with a minimum risk of loss.


Phone: 401 832 2739

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