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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Dec. 28, 2022

Coast Guard celebrates 50 years of research and development 

By Kathy Murray, MyCG Writer

The Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) marked its 50th anniversary this year and just announced a series of commemorative activities coming up in 2023. 

The New London, Connecticut-based RDC, which currently employs a staff of 82, has produced more than 2,000 research products since it was established Sept. 1, 1972. Much of this work, including using sensors in search and rescue, fielding biometric systems to identify drug smugglers, improving oil spill response, and deploying randomized security tactics to protect U.S. ports, has significantly enhanced the Coast Guard’s ability to carry out its mission.  

Ongoing research into areas such as high latitude connectivity, which could significantly impact Arctic operations, is similarly promising. 

Events on the calendar so far include: 

  • An open house in March, where visitors can engage with the RDC’s scientists and engineers and see demonstrations including autonomous and virtual reality capabilities. The event will also highlight research in polar technologies, search and rescue, next-generation buoys and the development of a Sector of the Future test bed in southeastern Connecticut. 

  • Publication of a book on the center’s history by a Coast Guard auxiliary historian. The RDC scientists initially worked out of an interim facility at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus in Groton. The center moved to its current New London location in 2009. 

  • Release of a 50th anniversary military challenge coin, commemorating the RDC’s service to the Coast Guard. 

For further details, stay tuned.  You can also check out this video to learn more about the RDC.