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16 June 1997
For Immediate Release

APL Opens Patuxent River Field Office

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md., formally opened a Patuxent River Field Office today close by the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, Md.

Field Office Supervisor Nelson Orth says the office is being established to "serve our sponsors more directly and efficiently," referring to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), as well as several Program Executive Offices, which are relocating to the Naval Air Station at Patuxent over the summer.

APL supports a number of NAVAIR research and development programs in its role as technical direction agent.

Located at 44427 Airport Road, Suite 130, California, Md., five miles from the air station, APL's newest field office provides conference, office, communications, and video conferencing support for APL staff working in the area. The office phone numbers are: (301) 737-0743, 0761; fax: (301) 737-4927.

In addition to providing liaison between APL and its sponsors, the office will serve as a focus for new business and as a point of contact for The Johns Hopkins University in the southern Maryland community, according to Orth.

The "Grand Opening" ceremonies were attended by Rear Adm. Barton Strong, PEO Cruise Missile Program, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy; APL Director Gary Smith; Johns Hopkins University officials; and St. Mary's County dignitaries.

The Applied Physics Laboratory is a not-for-profit laboratory and independent division of The Johns Hopkins University. APL conducts research and development primarily for national security and for nondefense projects of national and global significance. Located midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., in Laurel, Md., APL employs 2,600 permanent staff.

For more information contact

For more information, contact APL Public Information Officer Helen Worth; phone: 240-228-5113 or 410-778-5113.