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NUWC's economic impact in Rhode Island unveiled in new report

NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University will unveil a report on the economic impact of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport on the State of Rhode Island on Monday, May 8 at 12:30 p.m. The press conference will be held at Salve Regina University, in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in the O’Hare Academic Building on Ochre Point Avenue.

The NUWC Newport Economic Impact Study was produced by Salve Regina University’s business department, under the direction of professor Samuel Sacco. The press conference will feature opening remarks by Sacco and Capt. Michael Coughlin, commanding officer of NUWC Newport, followed by details of the study presented by students who worked on the report.

Other confirmed speakers will include:

U.S. Senator Jack Reed

U.S. Representative James Langevin

U.S. Representative David Cicilline

Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor

The study documents the importance of NUWC to the economy of Rhode Island and Aquidneck Island, as well as its national leadership in undersea naval technologies. Also included will be information on demographics of NUWC’s workforce and its prominence in high-end technical disciplines.

NUWC Newport is a shore command of the U.S. Navy within the Naval Sea Systems Command, which engineers, builds and supports America’s fleet of ships and combat systems. NUWC Newport provides research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures associated with undersea warfare.

NUWC Newport is the oldest warfare center in the country, tracing its heritage to the Naval Torpedo Station that was established on Goat Island in Newport Harbor in 1869. NUWC Newport maintains major detachments in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Andros Island in the Bahamas, as well as test facilities at Seneca Lake and Fisher's Island, N.Y. and Dodge Pond, Conn.