A new command to train Navy forces in advanced tactics, techniques and procedures for anti-submarine warfare will be formed over the summer at Naval Submarine Base New London, the Navy announced this week.
The Undersea Warfighting Development Center will be led by a one-star admiral and bring 52 jobs to the base in Groton, Conn., including 33 military personnel and 19 civilians.
The announcement represents the “natural progression” of the significant federal investments made at the base over the past eight years, Rep. Joe Courtney (D) told the Day.
The new command, which will have detachments in San Diego and Norfolk, Va., should help protect the submarine base in a future round of base closures.
“BRAC is a wild card process,” Courtney said. “You never want to take anything for granted, but in terms of making the case for Groton’s long-term value, it doesn’t get much better than this.”