Navy center in RI to launch new sensor facility

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014
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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport is preparing to formally inaugurate a facility that includes a massive tower designed to repair and certify periscopes, submarine communication systems, electronic warfare equipment as well as imaging and optical systems.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is expected to attend Monday's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the $20 million Electromagnetic Sensor Facility. The 54,000-square-foot building includes six laboratories and a five-story periscope tower.

The new building has space for both workers and equipment for prototyping, acquisition and production support, as well as in-service engineering and test functions.

Reed helped secure funding for the project through his position as chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee.