Courtney Statement Following Announced Retirement of John P. Casey from General Dynamics
VERNON, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, released the following statement upon the announced retirement of John P. Casey from General Dynamics (GD). Casey, the Group Executive of GD Marine Systems, previously served as President of GD Electric Boat in Groton, CT.
“John Casey’s retirement caps a remarkable career in shipbuilding and producing the most capable submarines in the world,” Courtney said. “From my very first day in Congress, John has been an unflappable ally in advocating for our submarine industrial base and its workforce. John saw some tough times in the yard, and I recall one of our first conversations after my election about the grim outlook for layoffs after years of underinvestment in submarine production. He was right beside me, advocating and testifying in Congress, for the two-a-year build rate that not only put Electric Boat on a path to the historic growth they are seeing today but also ensuring that our nation gets the undersea capabilities we so urgently need. John is a true shipbuilder at heart, starting as a welder in the shipyard and working his way up to the highest leadership of Electric Boat and General Dynamics. He has been a friend, ally and partner and I will miss his leadership as we work to ensure that our nation produces the ships and submarines that we need. I wish him and his wife Deirdre all the best as they enjoy their well-earned retirement together.”