Senator Reed to host tour of Naval Undersea Warfare Center with Senator Tester & Secretary of Navy Carlos Del Toro
NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – Senator Jack Reed will be holding a tour of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport Division and Electric Boat at Quonset Point for Senator Jon Tester and Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro to have a look at upcoming technologies that could help the nation’s defense.
“It’s an honor to welcome Chairman Tester and Secretary Del Toro to Rhode Island and show them some of the cutting edge research and manufacturing work being done here in the Ocean State,” said Senator Reed. “I’m proud to showcase the first-class contributions that Rhode Island makes to our nation’s defense capabilities.”
“I’m honored to be touring the Naval Undersea Warfare Center alongside Chairman Reed and Secretary Del Toro to learn more about how we can best support the needs of our Navy,” said Senator Tester. “I’m looking forward to seeing firsthand the cutting-edge undersea defense capabilities that play an integral role in keeping our nation safe.”
NUWC Division Newport is a shore command of the U.S. Navy, which builds, engineers, supports America’s fleet and combat ships, with a focus on submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures involving undersea warfare.
“Rhode Island’s defense sector is a key contributor to our economy and supports over 30,000 jobs. This year’s NDAA means smart investments in workforce development and more good-paying jobs in Rhode Island for years to come,” said Reed, who has worked for decades to position Rhode Island for economic growth, invest in the state’s advanced manufacturing infrastructure, and ensure Rhode Island is a leader in the “blue economy” and undersea research, development, innovation and technology, including critical work at NUWC Newport; the Naval War College; local colleges and universities and private sector technology clusters; and at Quonset Point, where General Dynamics Electric Boat has submarine manufacturing facilities.
The tour will happen over the weekend on Saturday, January 8. The senators will meet with Navy officers, academic researchers, defense workers, and business leaders.