The Naval Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport opened a new laboratory this week designed for testing and maintaining towed arrays, the center said Thursday.

"This facility allows us to consolidate and integrate all towed array, tow cable, and hose repair into a single location, which was the goal when the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission recommended that all Maritime Subsurface Sensors functions within the U.S. Navy be centralized here at NUWC Newport – the home of undersea warfare excellence," NUWC Newport Technical Director Dr. Paul Lefebvre.

The $11-million Maritime Subsurface Sensor Operations Laboratory opened on Tuesday. Construction began in two years ago.

NUWC Newport is one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and is tasked with providing research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures. NUWC’s other division is located in Keyport, Wash.