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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 »

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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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U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Small Wind and Temperature Spectrometer (SWATS) payload will be on the Green Propellant Infusion Mission, or GPIM, a NASA-developed
June 25, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Naval Research Laboratory researchers designed and built two science payloads that went up with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Heavy rocket launch on June 25.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Narrow Field Imager shown on one of the four PUNCH micro-satellites. PUNCH will provide imaging of the solar wind from low Earth orbit.  Work was funded by NASA. (Graphic courtesy of PUNCH Team/Southwest Research Institute)
June 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Naval Research Laboratory researchers partnered with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to shine a light on the impact of the solar atmosphere on the interplanetary medium between the Earth and the Sun.

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June 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — Materials science researchers with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have found a remnant of ancient dust from the early stages of the solar system inside a primitive meteorite, named La Paz Icefield 02342 after the location of its discovery in Antarctica.

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June 17, 2019
WASHINGTON — Capt. Ricardo Vigil relieved Capt. Scott Moran and assumed command as the 40th commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory during a ceremony June 17.
Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopter is painted with one-component (1K) camouflage gray polysiloxane topcoat on the exterior. U.S. Naval Research Laboratory chemists developed the new topcoat for DoD aircraft, which is safer for the environment and easier to apply. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
June 5, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering developed a safer and user-friendly topcoat that was recently applied onto the exterior of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft.