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The Research and Development Center (RDC), located in New London, Conn. is the Coast Guard's primary 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 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.

  • Visitors are required to check in at the first-floor front desk, located on the river side 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.    
  • To carry, receive or discuss classified information during a visit to the RDC, contact the RDC Security Officer at 860-271-2755 or 860-271-2892.