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Blumenthal, Murphy Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring Connecticut's Submarine Century

Since establishment of Naval Submarine Base New London in 1915, Connecticut has been unparalleled in contributions and commitment to U.S Navy and submarine operations

(Hartford, CT) - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) today applauded last night’s Senate passage of a resolution recognizing and honoring Connecticut’s 100 years of dedication and contributions to the country’s naval and submarine capabilities. Over the past century, since the Naval Submarine Base New London was established in 1915, Connecticut has been a leading state in designing, manufacturing, and sustaining the U.S. Navy’s submarine fleet. The House companion resolution was introduced by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT2).

“Home to the Submarine Capital of the World, Connecticut has led the way for a century in ensuring the United States’ underseas superiority,” said Senator Blumenthal. “Connecticut’s dedication and diligence today produce submarines ahead of schedule and under budget, building the stealthiest, strongest submarine force on the planet. With a supply chain and manufacturing workforce across our state, the submarine industry does far more than keep our country safe – it fuels our economy, as well.”

“I’m thrilled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Connecticut’s role as the Submarine Capital of the World. I've been lucky enough to have had the chance to job shadow the men and women at Electric Boat for a day on the job, and to accompany the crew of the USS California back to New London from their most recent deployment. I’ve seen firsthand the incredible contributions that our submarine program and the thousands of workers it employs make to our state. Connecticut simply wouldn’t be the place it is today without them,” said Senator Murphy. Now is the time to commit to making new investments in job training and technology that will make the next 100 years of Connecticut’s submarine heritage just as successful as the last.”

Specifically, the resolution:

(1)  commends the longstanding dedication and contribution to the Navy and submarine force by the people of Connecticut, both through the initial deed of gift that established what would become Naval Submarine Base New London and through their ongoing commitment to support the mission of the base and the Navy personnel assigned to it;

(2)  Honors the submariners who have trained and served at Naval Submarine Base New London throughout its history in support of the Nation’s security and undersea superiority;

(3)  Recognizes the contribution of the industry and workforce of Connecticut in designing, building, and sustaining the Navy’s submarine fleet; and

(4)  Encourages the recognition of Connecticut’s Submarine Century by Congress, the Navy, and the American people by honoring the contribution of the people of Connecticut to the defense of the United States and the important role of the submarine force in safeguarding the security of the United States for more than a century.