Founded in 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard has strived since its inception to use the latest advances in
maritime tools and technology to increase its productivity and effectiveness in carrying out their wideranging
missions. In 1968, Coast Guard Headquarters recognized the value of emerging technologies
and established the Office of Research and Development.
In order to increase performance and effectiveness, the Coast Guard combined the resources of the
Field Testing and Development Center and some members of the Applied Sciences Division of the
Office to establish the Research and Development Center. It was chartered in 1972 at its present
location on the grounds of the Avery Point Campus of the University of Connecticut.
In 1989, as part of a major Coast Guard reorganization, the Office of Research and Development was
merged with the Office of Engineering. Staff at Coast Guard Headquarters was charged with Program
management. The Center at Avery Point is responsible for program implementation and project
The year 2002 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Center at Avery Point. For 30 years, the dedicated
scientists, engineers and support staff of the Center researched, developed, tested, and evaluated a
continuous stream of valuable products to enhance the performance of the Coast Guard.
Just a few of the products that have had an impact on Coast Guard performance include:
• IN-SITU Burn tool box (2001)
• Non-lethal entanglement devices (2000)
• CBT – Computer Based Training (2000)
• PISCES – Polution Incident Simulation, Control & Evaluation System (2000)
• Cutter Scheduling Assistance Program (1998)
• SLDMBs – Self Locating Datum Marker Buoys (1995)
• Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS-1990)
• AAPS – Automated Aids to Navigation Positioning System (1985)
• COIL – Central Oil Identification Laboratory (Oil Finger Printing – 1975)
• CHRIS – Chemical Hazard Response Information System (1970)
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, military and civilian Center personnel immediately
responded providing staffing, expertise, and a big-picture look at homeland defense. Since that time,
the Center has been actively pursuing new products that will assist the Coast Guard in protecting our
ports and enhancing homeland security.
The U.S. Coast Guard Research & Development Center is prepared to assist the Coast Guard in
achieving their missions whatever changes the winds may bring.