For Nautilus, naval tech can serve other purposes

ENGINEERED YARNS: Jim Owens is a principal at Nautilus Defense LLC, a Pawtucket-based company that uses functional braided composite yarns and threads in defense-related products. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
ENGINEERED YARNS: Jim Owens is a principal at Nautilus Defense LLC, a Pawtucket-based company that uses functional braided composite yarns and threads in defense-related products. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Nautilus Defense LLC’s first connection with the U.S. Navy took place before the company was founded, when Jim Owens had an opportunity to work on a maritime surveillance system designed to detect terrorists and pirates in Indonesian and Malaysian waterways. Owens, a Warwick native, was hired for the $75 million project in 2007 as an…

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