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Chief of Naval Research Visits NSWC Crane for First Time in Crane’s History

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications | March 12, 2018

CRANE, Ind. – The Chief of Naval Research, Rear Adm. David Hahn, visited Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) on March 6 to learn more about Crane’s capabilities in Strategic Missions, Expeditionary Warfare and Electronic Warfare. This was the first time the head of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has ever made a trip to Crane.

During the visit, NSWC Crane experts highlighted Crane’s existing collaboration with the ONR as well as its work in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and technology transfer. Many NSWC Crane employees also had the opportunity to hear directly from Rear Adm. Hahn about how their work can be applied to critical Navy capability gaps.

“We were able to show Rear Adm. Hahn that Crane’s capabilities are well-aligned with Navy research priorities,” said Rob Walker, NSWC Crane’s Chief Technology Officer. “Crane’s many years of experience transitioning products to the warfighter puts us in an ideal position to partner with the ONR.”

In his role, Rear Adm. Hahn is responsible for advanced technology development of highly innovative sensor and weapon systems. He also manages the entire budget for the Navy’s Science and Technology portfolio, which is valued at over $2 billion. That budget is used to advance research capabilities in areas that address critical national needs.

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with focus areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. NSWC Crane is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s warfighter.