USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) Returns from Final Deployment

February 25, 2019 – The Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London on Monday, Feb. 25, marking the successful completion of its final deployment. The ship’s sponsor, Dr. Carol Sawyer, a retired professor, traveled from San Diego, California to welcome the ship home and rode on the tug alongside the boat as she made her way down the Thames River to be moored at pier six of the naval base. As ship’s sponsor, she has made a point to…

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USS South Dakota (SSN 790) Commissioned

February 2, 2019 – USS South Dakota (SSN 790) became the newest and 17th Virginia-class fast-attack submarine in the U.S. Navy during her commissioning ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London, February 2, 2019. The U.S. Navy, with assistance from Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, the ship’s sponsor, gave the command, “Man our ship and bring her to life!” spurring the crew into action and all ship’s systems to be tested, including alarms, bells, radars, and scopes. USS South Dakota’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Craig Litty, highlighted South Dakota’s capability to dominate the…

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The Most Exclusive Restaurant in the World

January 25, 2019 – You’re trapped in a watertight school bus with no windows, and the bus is submerged off the East Coast of North America, somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. There’s not much to do aside from your 8-10 hour shift each day. The only other certainty is the food. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. A time to sink your teeth into a delicious reminder of life on shore, away from the bus, er, submarine. Now, imagine if the food was terrible. Fortunately for the crew of Pre-Commissioning Unit South Dakota,…

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USS South Dakota to be Commissioned February 2nd

January 2, 2018 – USS South Dakota (SSN 790), will be commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, Feb. 2, 2019, as the seventeenth Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet. Deanie Dempsey, wife of retired Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who served as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the ship’s sponsor. After spending several decades of service in support of just the Army, Deanie became a champion for all of the services in her role as the chairman’s spouse. She remains actively…

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Governor Malloy Announces State Will Create a Microgrid at Naval Submarine Base New London to Strengthen Resiliency

September 5, 2018 – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that his administration has approved the release of a $5 million state grant to establish a microgrid at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) in Groton in order to strengthen storm resiliency and provide energy security. Developed in coordination with the Connecticut Microgrid Program, which was created by Governor Malloy and is administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), creating a microgrid will allow the base to seamlessly disconnect from the community utility grid during a power…

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Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, Band coming to New Bedford

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, ‘America’s Tall Ship,’ is scheduled to visit New Bedford, Aug. 10-13. The 295-foot Barque Eagle is set to dock at the State Pier Friday, Aug. 10, and will have the following free and public tour schedule: Friday, Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 1 -5 p.m. The Coast Guard Band will perform a series of pop-up concerts on Friday throughout the towns of New Bedford and Fairhaven. Additionally, there will be a free concert on Saturday at 6…

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Navy to Commission Submarine Colorado

The Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, March 17, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. The principal speaker will be U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. Annie Mabus, daughter of 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “USS Colorado is a true marvel of technology and innovation,…

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Cadets give facelift to Coast Guard fleet

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Barger A group of cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are working on designs to replace some of the oldest ships in the Coast Guard’s fleet of cutters. These ships are the Coast Guard’s inland waterway aid to navigation fleet, which include buoy and construction tenders, and have an average age of 52 years. The cadets, who are seniors majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, are involved in a 35-week capstone design project, which specifically focuses on the design of a ship…

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