Courtney Celebrates Sesquicentennial Of Groton Navy Installation That Is Home To Naval Submarine Base New London
(Washington, DC) —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, celebrated the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Navy installation in Groton that would eventually become the Naval Submarine Base New London.
“Today is a special day in southeastern Connecticut as we mark the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Navy installation that would become Naval Submarine Base New London,” said Courtney. “On this date in 1868, the state of Connecticut and the city of New London conveyed a deed of gift to the U.S. Navy that was only 5,200 feet long and 700 feet wide. Over time, that small tract of land along the Thames River has grown in size and stature as it became the home to the ‘first and finest’ submarine base. The selection of eastern Connecticut for the original naval installation was the result of an effort by one of my predecessors, Congressman Augustus Brandagee, who inserted language into an appropriations measure to fund the necessary purchase of land from Connecticut. Since that time, Naval Submarine Base New London has had a glorious and distinguished career and we here in eastern Connecticut have never been prouder to be home to the 10,000 sailors, both men, and women, who serve there. I promise to continue to build upon Congressman Brandagee’s legacy by supporting the submarine base so it can carry out its mission to protect the national defense of the United States.”