Subase NLON Drawdown Plan
The Sub Report has essentially everything of interest today in the submarine world available in one place, so I won't try to copy what you can find there. I was interested to read the new article by Bob Hamilton of the New London Day that details the Navy's timeline for pulling out of Groton:
"According to a 124-page report released by the Navy, 1,471 military and civilian workers would leave in 2008, when a squadron of attack submarines would move to the base in Kings Bay, Ga. Another 1,600 employees would leave in 2010, when two squadrons of submarines would transfer to Norfolk, Va., and 4,678 would be transferred right before the base closes in 2011, when the Naval Submarine School would move to Kings Bay."
The story also answers a question I had since the announcement, as far as what will happen to the Submarine Force Museum and the Nautilus:
"The only good news for base supporters is that the Navy would leave behind five officers, 34 enlisted people and 15 civilians to run the Historic Ship Nautilus and the Submarine Force Library and Museum, which would stay, as would the Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding office at Electric Boat."
It also looks like the Navy might not have had someone take a critical look at the money part to see that it all made sense:
"Markowicz said many details in the report are confusing. One listing puts the cost of new military construction for sub school students in Kings Bay at $286 million, but the “total cost” at just $51 million.
“I have no idea what the difference is between the two numbers, or the methodology they used to come up with those figures, based on what was released,” Markowicz said."
My take: It looks like someone in Groton is getting their ducks in a row; hopefully they won't be drowned out by the "environmental cleanup extortionists".
Staying at PD...