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Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport Honors 41 for Achievements

By Jeffrey Prater, Public Affairs Officer | February 10, 2017

NEWPORT, RI -- The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport honored 41 current and recently retired engineers, scientists and technical administrators in an award ceremony held Feb. 2. 


Eighteen people earned recognition in the 2016 Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Warfare Center Awards program for achievements in collaboration, innovation, transformation, and knowledge sharing. The awards were established to recognize individuals, teams and activities across the enterprise for their contributions of innovation and improvement in the areas of product quality, technical and business development and change leadership. They were awarded in such diverse fields as voucher control, mobile radio testing, naval engineering education, internal digital information systems, and successful cyber security inspections. The awards celebrate the talent of the NUWC Newport workforce while underscoring the breadth of capability and collaboration within the division.

An additional 18 people on two teams earned honors in the NAVSEA Excellence Awards, which recognizes significant innovation and improvement in the areas of product quality, technical innovation, cost control/schedule acceleration, organizational efficiency, and process improvement. The Critical Rubber Products Team defined changes and clarification of technical requirements that will significantly improve product quality and tolerance requirements for rubber gaskets on submarines. The team’s work is estimated to create a cost avoidance of approximately $3.2 million over the next five years. The second team, the Radar Cross Section Team produced a tactical decision aid for submarine operators, formed the basis for future reduction of the RCS of submarine masts, and better informed indoor anechoic chamber measurements by including the effects of a dynamic ocean environment.

Tiverton, R.I., resident Dr. Thomas Ramotowski of NUWC’s Sensor and Sonar Systems Department won the Donald F. McCormack Director’s Award for Warfare Center Collaboration, sponsored by Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, for his superior collaborative working relationships across the Warfare Center divisions. He served as a materials representative and subject matter expert on the warfare center Navy Materials Community of Interest (NMCOI) team established by NSWC Carderock Division as they recognized that materials technology touched every aspect of their mission, yet the materials activities tend to be widely dispersed geographically, which limits visibility, resources, and collaboration opportunities. The NMCOI creates a mechanism for efficient and effective teaming among warfare center division materials initiatives; provides a forum to share technical information; and, expands collaborative initiatives with academia, industry and other government agencies.

And finally, four NUWC Newport employees were given Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, the third highest Navy honorary award, intended to recognize meritorious civilian service or contributions that have resulted in high value or benefits to the Navy.

Robert Janus, a resident of Hope, R.I. and formerly of NUWC’s Sensor and Sonar Systems Department, was honored for his 42-year career. Janus has served in a variety of critical scientific, engineering, technical, and research and development positions, distinguishing himself as an outstanding scientist, engineer, and leader in advancing the state of the art in sonar transducer design and transduction characterization technology and applications for enhancing U.S. Navy transduction capabilities.

Also a resident of Tiverton, Dr. Gregory Jones, currently a member of the technology partnership office at NUWC, developed the Technology Transfer Agreements tracking system as a way to maximize the benefit from collaboration agreements, a novel process that more effectively fosters and manages synergistic partnerships with other government, industry, and academic organizations. Developed for Division Newport’s use, this process and software tool is now being used by numerous other Navy and Army laboratories.

Also from Tiverton, Robert Reid, formerly with NUWC’s Ranges, Engineering and Analysis Department, led his team and collaboration partners from across the Navy enterprise to create, demonstrate, assess, and deploy cutting-edge, first-of-their-kind, undersea training ranges and tracking techniques. This work impacted training and education, modeling and simulation, integration and interoperability, and operations, maintainability and sustainability for today’s Navy while preparing it for the challenges of the future.

During his 30 years at NUWC Newport, Fairhaven, Mass., resident Dr. Raymond St. Amand of the Platform and Payload Integration Department provided quality innovative products to the submarine community. Most recently, he successfully implemented a field repair procedure to replace failing cables on Navy piers which is expected to generate cost savings on the order of $7 million, but, more importantly, this initiative increased submarine weapon availability in support of fleet deployments.

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. Commanded by Capt. Geoffrey deBeauclair, 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.

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