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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Defense & National Security

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May 26, 2016 Video
During a hearing on Navy readiness challenges, Congressman Joe Courtney, Ranking Member of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, questions Navy officials on challenges in meeting submarine readiness and maintenance needs. In particular, he cited the delays in repairing two submarines - the USS Albany and USS Boise - and the impact they have on meeting the operational requirements of the submarine force. Watch his exchange here, and read an informal transcript below.
May 26, 2016 Press Release
"Admiral Davidson, it is a pleasure to see you again. You and your entire team did an incredible job hosting me and my staff in Norfolk earlier this year. It was a great chance to see firsthand many of the same issues we will talk about here today. Most importantly, thank you the witnesses here to share their deck plate perspective on the challenges that our Navy faces in operations and readiness. I know we will benefit greatly to get the on the ground view of the challenges facing our Naval forces."
May 24, 2016 Press Release
"Secretary Ash Carter’s visit to Electric Boat and Naval Submarine Base New London today underscores the high priority the Department of Defense places on boosting our undersea capabilities,” said the delegation members. “Secretary Carter recognizes the great strategic value and role of our submarine force in meeting our current and future national security priorities."
May 18, 2016 Press Release
“While I have a number of concerns with this bill that I would like to see addressed in conference, I ultimately chose to vote yes because it is a good bill for the defense priorities of our region, state, and nation as a whole,” said Courtney.
May 18, 2016 Press Release
“While I have a number of concerns with this bill that I would like to see addressed in conference, I ultimately chose to vote yes because it is a good bill for the defense priorities of our region, state, and nation as a whole,” said Courtney. “The bill contains a number of critical items for Connecticut, including full support for the robust submarine production that is driving the economic recovery in my district, restoring critical gaps in aircraft production levels, and further invests in our state’s National Guard C-130 Airwing known as the ‘Flying Yankees’."
May 17, 2016 Press Release
“I enthusiastically support the Seapower portion of the defense bill, which is a strong bipartisan boost to our security on, below, and above the seas. The Seapower Subcommittee worked hard this year examining the president’s budget, as well as the strategic maritime context we are supporting these programs in. We have determined the following: demand for our naval fleet is higher than ever and so is the strain on the force. A casual review of the force explains why. China’s navy is militarizing the South China Sea threatening good order and commerce on the world’s seaways completely in violation of maritime law, and Russia’s navy is recapitalizing its fleet, particularly its undersea fleet and operating at a level not seen since the Cold War. These are two examples of the up tempo challenges that the Navy faces every single day."
May 13, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced the he has received the U.S. Navy League’s annual ‘Sea Service Award’ for his efforts to promote shipbuilding and support our maritime services as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Force Subcommittee. This award is presented to one member of the House or Senate each year on an alternating basis – with the previous recipient being Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

April 28, 2016 Press Release
“This is a good bill for the defense priorities of our region and state, and I am proud to have worked on a bipartisan basis to pass it” said Courtney. “From fully supporting the submarine construction that is fueling our economic recovery in eastern Connecticut, to restoring critical gaps in aircraft production levels and investment in our state’s ‘Flying Yankees’, this measure makes a solid investment in Connecticut while meeting the security needs of our nation. As the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee that played a key role in crafting the bill, I am proud of the strong bipartisan support this bill provides for the hard working men and women across Connecticut who go to work every day in support our nation’s defense."
April 21, 2016 Press Release
“As a longtime champion of Connecticut’s “Flying Yankees,” I am pleased that this measure will support the last major piece of their transition to their new C-130 flying mission,” said Courtney. “On the House Armed Services Committee I have worked hard, along with my colleagues in the Connecticut Congressional Delegation, to end years of uncertainty for the unit by securing a relevant and enduring mission for our Air National Guard. This small air terminal will provide the facilities they need to fully support that mission, and coupled with the long-term avionics upgrades I have supported, this measure continues to ensure a bright future for the Flying Yankees.”
April 20, 2016 Press Release
As recent events around the world clearly demonstrate, the presence and capabilities of our forces on, below and above the seas are in higher demand than at any other time in recent history. Yet, as this subcommittee knows all too well, these forces are under significant pressure in meeting growing operational needs and keeping pace with developments around the world in the face of limited resources.