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Submarine Base New London as the hub of a center of excellence for subsurface
S warfare in New England reflects these military value principles and should make
the case for keeping the base open. A detailed analysis of these synergistic
components will be forthcoming in subsequent hearings when the Department of
Defense releases additional data relative to their base closure decisions.
I am blessed to live in a community which for almost 100 years has visualized,
designed, developed, built, deployed, based, repaired and maintained the most
complicated machines ever built and operated by mankind - U.S. Navy
Submarines. And their work goes on. And their work has in the past given us
control of the subsurface battlefield.
The future is less clear. But one thing is certain. If we destroy this center of
excellence by dismantling one of its most important components - the Naval
Submarine Base New London - we place our sailors, our Nation and our
Democracy at risk. This is not a wise choice.
In the words of The Hon. Duncan Hunter, Chairman of the House Armed Services
Committee, on May 13, 2005, when he heard that SUBASE New London was
listed for closure:
"I will continue to ...emphasize the importance of the collocation of the
base with the nation's premier submarine construction facility. This
interchange between operators and builders is critical to the continued
supremacy of our undersea fleet."
Chairman Hunter was correct.
Now I am pleased to introduce Annapolis Graduate and Retired Submarine Captain
John Markowicz to outline for you just some of the questions we have about the
Department of Defense's analysis of the our submarine base.
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/4/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.