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has been and is now the center for submarine design, development, production and
S maintenance. It is located just one mile down the Thames River, has been here for
generations, and interacts with the SUBASE daily.
Every day some 500 EB workers from Connecticut and Rhode Island come into the
SUBASE gates to perform maintenance, repair and other functions on our
RADM Mark Kenney recently commented on the synergy that exists between EB
and the SUBASE when he said:
"We can get that synergy. We can flow work back and forth, we can train
crews while they're in maintenance availabilities here and we can keep the
ships in this same geographic region. The synergy of the base, the yard, the
submarine school, the squadrons, the waterfront, the weapons, they're all
At EB, generations of the world's most skilled shipbuilders have designed, built
and maintained every class of submarines here since the start of modern undersea
warfare. EB employs over 11,000 workers at two principal locations:
A. The Groton shipyard has two major functions: first, submarine
design and engineering; and second, submarine assembly, test and delivery. All EB
design and engineering work takes place in Groton, supported by a network of
modem digital design and analysis tools.
B. The Quonset Point Facility, forty minutes from Groton on the shore
of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island is where the construction of all Electric Boat
submarines begins. Quonset Point produces submarine hull cylinders at its
Automated Frame and Cylinder Manufacturing Facility, using a fraction of the
manpower once required forming a traditional hull.
The benefits of co-location apply to submarine design and engineering, too.
Naval officers regularly interact with the innovators of EB, telling them what
works and what doesn't underway. They are a source of ideas and a reality check
during the development of tomorrow's submarines.
The Navy's next submarine will almost certainly be designed at Electric Boat in
Groton because this is the only place in the country that has those capabilities. EB
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United States. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. BRAC Commission - Notes and Research, text, November 29, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc24567/m1/2/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.