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Immersion Suit Flotation Testing 

The Coast Guard Research and Development Center tested the flotation capabilities of immersion suits as part of a multiagency review of the October 2015 sinking of the SS El Faro.

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Program Information




The Research and Development Center, located in New London, Conn. is the Coast Guard's sole facility performing research, development, and test and evaluation in support of the service's major missions.

The RDC is responsible for evaluating the feasibility and affordability of mission execution solutions and providing operational and risk-management analysis at all stages of the acquisition process.

When appropriate, the RDC collaborates with relevant professionals in the public and private sectors in order to leverage others’ expertise.

Planning a Visit

The Coast Guard RDC is located in the historic Fort Trumbull area of New London. Convenient to the Coast Guard Academy, naval submarine-base, and Old Mystic Village, the RDC sits along the shore of the Thames River, adjacent to Coast Guard Station New London and Barque Eagle at:

1 Chelsea Street
New London, CT 06320

The RDC is located a short taxi ride from the New London Train Station. Taxis are allowed to enter the parking lot for drop-off and pick-up of visitors.

The RDC is a controlled-access facility. Prior arrangements must be made with an RDC point of contact before conducting a visit.

  • Visitors will be required to check in at the front desk, located on the fourth floor of the building.
  • Visitors will not be admitted without proper photo identification.
  • Visits by foreign nationals require special processing. For more information, you may contact the RDC Administrator’s Office at 860-271-2600.
  • Visitors are required to complete a visit request using OPNAV form 5521/27 (Rev. 1-75) S/N 0107-LF-055-2235. For a copy of this form or more information, contact the RDC Security Office at 860-271-2755.
  • To carry or receive classified information during a visit to the RDC contact the RDC Security Office at 860-271-2755.