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Our View: Base Improvements Important

Norwich Bulletin - April 13, 2012

It was encouraging to see the show of support from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, for the Groton submarine base this week during the official dedication of a new pier and a culinary training center.

The $36 million pier is a significant investment by the Navy and an important improvement at the base. In past Base Closure and Realignment rounds, Groton’s aging infrastructure — and in particular its piers — have contributed to weakening the overall military value rating of the installation. Groton is the Navy’s oldest submarine base.

Courtney, and U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., both members of their respective Armed Services committees, have secured tens of millions of dollars for improvements at the base since it was last targeted for closure in 2005 in an effort to enhance the facility’s military value.

Additionally, the state has established a unique partnership with the Navy in which state funds are also being allocated for infrastructure improvements at the base.

State Investment

The culinary training school is just part of a $50 million state investment that also includes improvements at Electric Boat, further enhancing the synergy between the submarine builder and the base — a relationship that proved critical in the final decision to remove the Groton base from the Pentagon’s closure list in 2005.

Improving the military value of the base is important because the Pentagon is seeking congressional approval to initiate another round of base closings. Although there is strong opposition for a BRAC at this time, it is expected that a new round of base closings will be ordered in the near future.

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