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Dahlgren, Va - DAHLGREN, Va. (Dec. 3, 2019) - British Royal Navy Rear Adm. Hugh Beard shakes hands with Dr. Chris Lloyd, High Energy Laser Lethality lead at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), during a presentation held after a live test demonstration. Lloyd presented Beard – the U.K. assistant chief of the Naval Staff (Capability) – with a steel metal sample irradiated and penetrated in the command’s High Energy Laser Lethality laboratory. NSWCDD subject matter experts briefed Beard and his delegation of Royal Navy officers on programs and capabilities that included NSWCDD directed energy weapons such as the high energy laser, electromagnetic railgun, and hyper-velocity projectile in addition to high power radio frequency capabilities and the weaponization of unmanned systems. The assistant chief of the Naval Staff (Capability) is responsible for planning and delivering the larger part of the Royal Navy’s future maritime effectiveness.


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