INDIAN HEAD, Md. - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin and Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer joined officials from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head to officially commemorate the establishment of a new Energetics System and Technology Laboratory Complex at Naval Support Facility, Indian Head, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 1.
The new Energetics System and Technology Laboratory Complex will support NSWC Indian Head's Systems Engineering Department by consolidating dispersed functions and providing a more efficient operating environment for engineers who test and evaluate energetic systems. The new lab incorporates engineering laboratories, inert work spaces, a secure area and additional office space for support personnel.
Cardin said NSWC Indian Head has a critical national security function.
"Indian Head is the premier research and engineering center for the U.S. armed forces, and its work is vital to ensuring our nation's military superiority," he said. "Today's opening of a new technology and laboratory facility will greatly enhance our ability to develop and test ordnance, and energetic and weapons systems, which is critical to the Navy's mission of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas and air."
Hoyer said the new laboratory is a welcome addition to NSWC Indian Head's modernization efforts.
"This new complex will bring together 100 engineers, scientists and staff in a modern facility that has the work space and secure areas to support classified programs. Pulling together their talent will foster better collaboration and add synergy to their efforts here," he stated.
Dennis McLaughlin, NSWC Indian Head's technical director, said the modernization efforts at the command will have long term benefits for the nation's military forces.
"The new Energetics System and Technology Laboratory Complex improves operational effectiveness by consolidating personnel while eliminating daily disruptions caused by building repairs, unrealistic workarounds and travel between dispersed facilities," McLaughlin said. "Having numerous engineering staff co-located enhances quality of service through collaborative work on research, testing and evaluation. This which is important for current, future and rapid development of weapons technologies needed by our nation's warfighters."
NSWC Indian Head's Commanding Officer, Capt. Thomas Smith, believes the new Energetics System and Technology Laboratory Complex complements several other projects currently in varying stages of construction or development.
"This building is the first phase of a multi-phased project that will consolidate 700 personnel; 80 percent of whom are scientists and engineers," Smith said. "Indian Head Division has a long and proud history of service to our nation and community. Bringing this new building here gives our employees a first-rate facility to continue current and future systems engineering work for our country."
As the largest DoD full-spectrum energetics facility and a leader in the Navy's energetics enterprise, NSWC Indian Head is one of 10 Naval Sea Systems Command warfare center divisions. NSWC Indian Head's mission is to research, develop, test, evaluate and produce energetics and energetic systems for fighting forces around the globe.
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