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Senator Blumenthal Praises Assignment of New Submarine to New London Sub Base

(Washington, DC) – Senator Richard Blumenthal today welcomed the Navy’s decision to homeport the USS California (SSN-781) Virginia-class submarine at the Navy’s base in Groton, Connecticut.

“This great news is welcome and well-earned for Connecticut and the men and women who serve the Naval Submarine Base in New London. This sub assignment attests to the base's military value and validates our state’s commitment to supporting it. I look forward to visiting the USS California when she arrives.”

Launched on November 14, 2010, the USS California is the eighth Virginia-class submarine to be built. The transfer of the submarine to New London will become effective on October 29, 2011. This will be the USS California’s initial homeport assignment.  The USS California brings with it 15 officer and 117 enlisted billets.