We are explorers

As a specialized laboratory for the U.S. Navy, we are driven to discover. Our research takes us from the depths of the ocean to the edges of the galaxy, producing powerful results that benefit both military and civilians alike. Learn More »

We are protectors

With a mission of ensuring the safety of our armed forces, we've made advancements that impact all humankind. Our work in storm prediction, hazardous chemical detection, and protection against oil spills, for example, is creating a safer world. Learn More »

We are futurists

In an era of constant, often dramatic change, our research in emerging areas like virtual reality, superconductivity, automated systems, and nanotechnology gives the U.S. Navy the strategic and tactical edge needed for success in today's environment. Learn More »

We are advancing research
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About NRL

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. Here, in an environment where the nation’s best scientists and engineers are inspired to pursue their passion, everyone is focused on research that yields immediate and long-range applications in the defense of the United States.

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March 27, 2017
The International Space Station (ISS) installed NRL’s Limb-Imaging Ionospheric and Thermospheric Extreme Ultraviolet (UV) Spectrograph (LITES), and Global Positioning System (GPS) Radio Occultation and Ultraviolet Photometer Co-located (GROUP-C) research instruments Feb 28.
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March 24, 2017
The YODA supercomputer relaunches as the new and improved Vanguard System.
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March 23, 2017
NRL acknowledges the second American satellite to enter space, and the longest one made by man to stay there.
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March 20, 2017
Directly supporting the maintenance of our national security, Mr. Peak significantly contributed to many projects in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His efforts increased military survivability and helped save the lives of our warfighters.
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March 16, 2017
Scientists and research engineers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, through active partnerships with several area schools, participated in the ‘Day at the Lab’ event initiated to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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