NEWPORT – The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport reported that its local spending in fiscal 2017 was $1.2 billion, an increase over the previous year of 9.3 percent.
The command employs 3,212 civilian government employees as well as 41 military personnel, accounting for a payroll expense of $343.4 million, which represents a year-over-year increase of 7.4 percent. Seventy-four percent of the civilian staff are classified as engineers or scientists, and 910 of them have advanced degrees, including 147 with doctorate degrees. Combined with contract employees in southern New England, the total workforce is estimated to be 5,755.
NUWC Newport issued $518.6 million in contracts – mostly for engineering services – in fiscal 2017, an increase of 65.9 percent. Of those contracts in 2017, $281.9 million went to Rhode Island companies, $55.2 million went to Massachusetts companies and $14.8 million went to Connecticut companies.
Capt. Michael Coughlin is the commander of NUWC Newport, which is the oldest warfare center in the nation, with roots in 1869 when the Naval Torpedo Station was founded on Goat Island in Newport Harbor. It is the shore command of the U.S. Navy that provides research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures associated with undersea warfare.