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SUBASE Marks Completion of New Port Ops Center

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS111027-21

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair, Naval Submarine Base New London Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) marked the completion of its new Port Operations Center, Oct. 21, with a ribbon-cutting at the new building located on the base's waterfront.

"This state-of-the-art Port Operations Center exemplifies the impact of our on-going and dynamic base-wide transformation effort," said SUBASE's Commanding Officer Capt. Marc Denno. "And this new $10 million, more than 13,000 square foot building will allow our Port Operations Team to support [our] submarines like never before."

The new building features a third story control tower and observation deck providing unmatched visibility over the waterfront. With new systems ranging from electronic harbor security and automated vessel identification to weather monitoring and communications, the center will provide unparalleled command and control of lower base operations.

SUBASE's Port Operations Officer, Lt. George Cantu, looks forward to the capabilities and amenities that will come with the new center.

"The SUBASE Port Operations Team is committed to positively impacting SUBASE's fleet, fighters, and families through the best waterfront support we can deliver," said Cantu.

The new Port Operations Center allows the base waterfront team to manage pier services, military logistics, emergency response evolutions and waterborne security from one central location. From oil spills to tropical storms, Port Operations will be able to support the teams, equipment, and boats needed to make a timely impact.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney lauded Denno's efforts to improve the viability of SUBASE.

"Under Captain Denno's leadership during the last two years, this installation has been a beehive of activity," said Courtney referring to the numerous base construction projects including the new Submarine Learning Center dedicated in August 2011, and Pier 32, currently under construction.

"These things don't happen by themselves. It happens because you have competent people in charge, and we are so lucky in southeastern Connecticut to have his leadership," he added.

The new Port Operstions Center is part of the SUBASE chapter in the Navy's Shore Vision 2035 Plan. The plan's goals are to reduce unneeded infrastructure, financial drains, and to ultimately allow the Navy to recapitalize key requirements.

The center was designed by AECOM, Inc. and Suffolk Construction serevd as prime contractor.

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