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Ground Broken for New Engineering Facility at NSWC Indian Head

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Story Number: NNS100527-14

From Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Public Affairs

INDIAN HEAD, Md. (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head, a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), held a groundbreaking ceremony May 24 for its Energetics Systems and Technology Laboratory Complex – Phase I.

NAVSEA continuously improves its modernization processes to ensure it delivers the right capability in a cost-effective way.

"These old buildings have served us well but they no longer meet the needs of our engineering professionals, and it's time to give these dedicated men and women the work space they need," said Capt. Andy Buduo, NSWC Indian Head commander.

Currently, engineering personnel are housed in 10 buildings in different locations at the Indian Head facility in buildings averaging 68 years of age.

The multi-phase project will provide convenient access for engineers and scientists to collaborate in product development, design, in-service engineering, acquisition engineering, and ordnance assessment. Phase I will provide office space for approximately 100 engineers, technicians, and support personnel. The $11.6 million facility will also include an inert workspace and an engineering laboratory.

On April 30, a "topping off" ceremony for the new Explosives Development Facility took place at NSWC Indian Head. The ceremony celebrates the completion of the first phase of construction on the building. The building will provide a new facility to relocate the Process Technology and Explosives Engineering groups from Yorktown, Va., to NSWC Indian Head as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure recommendations.

NSWC Indian Head is the nation's premier resource for energetics technology, development and innovation. Seventy-five percent of the explosives deployed in U.S. weaponry since 1985 have been developed by NSWC Indian Head.

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