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Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory

With a $3.5 million dollar budget, three research facilities, and physicists engaged in unequaled sonar technology for the U.S. Navy, the quiet Underwater Sound Reference Division of the Naval Research Laboratory on Summerlin Avenue, brought high technology and top jobs to the Orlando area.

From the WWII generation of scientists to the space age entrepreneurs of today, the outstanding scientific achievements of the Navy sound lab’s engineers and physicists are recognized internationally. The research and development technology is used by the U.S. Navy to this day.

Learn more about the history of scientific work accomplished at the Bureau of Standards for underwater sound in this excerpt from an oral history interview with the sonar physicist who served as Head of the Anechoic Tank Facility at the United States Naval Research Laboratory, Vincent Benedetti.

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The Benedetti's, Saint James Cathedral
September 4th, 2011 photo of Vincent and Arline Benedetti at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando.
U. S. Naval Research Laboratory
Photo, description and history of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - Underwater Sound Reference Division in this article "Navy Lab Serves As...
Navy's Underwater Sound Reference Laboratory
Aerial photo of the Navy's Underwater Sound Reference Laboratory and description of the facility, Orlando Sentinel, February 28, 1965.   Excerpt:...
Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory
Aerial photo of the Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, mission statement and description of the scientific work...
Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory
Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, mission statement and description of the scientific work at the Orlando lab on...
Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory
Photo inside the Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory on Lake Mary Gem in Orlando are detailed in this O...
Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory
Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, mission statement and description of the scientific work at the Orlando lab on...
Naval Research Laboratory Underwater Sound Reference Laboratory
Orlando Morning Sentinel June 17, 1948 announcement: "House Okays $1,120,000. for Orlando Laboratory". For a firsthand account of work at the facility...
Underwater Sound Research Division of the Naval Research Laboratory
"The Orlando laboratory established in 1941, has the world's most complete facilities for underwater sound measurements and is known as the bureau...
Naval Underwater Sound Reference Library
Orange Echoes, Winter 1948, article on the Naval Research Laboratory Underwater Sound Laboratory on Lake Mary Gem in Orlando.   Excerpt: Some 60-...
Underwater Naval Research Laboratory
Photo, description and history of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - Underwater Sound Reference Division in this article "Navy Lab Serves As...
Physicist Robert J. Bobber, Sr.
Physicist Robert J. Bobber and the contributions he made to Orlando and  to our country  are detailed in this  February 23, 2009...
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