Research and Development Center
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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The Research and Development Center (RDC), 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.
The RDC is located along the shore of the Thames River adjacent to Coast Guard Station New London in the historic Fort Trumbull area of New London. The center is conveniently located to the Coast Guard Academy, the USCG Barque Eagle, and the Naval Submarine Base at:
1 Chelsea Street
New London, CT 06320
The RDC is a controlled-access facility. Prior arrangements must be made with an RDC point of contact before access may be granted.