Naval Submarine Base New London
Primary East Coast submarine base
1 Crystal Lake Rd, Groton, CT 06340
Just like its officials describe it, Naval Submarine Base New London is the capital of the world when it comes to such machines. At the same time, it is often referred to as the home of the strongest submarine force. The fact is that this military base is the most important submarine base the United States Navy controls. The base is named after its location. It was established in the southeastern corner of Connecticut, close to New London.
There are no more than ten permanent units at Submarine Base New London, including the Submarine Learning Center, the Naval Branch Health Clinic, the Naval Submarine School and the Commander Submarine Group 2. The Naval Undersea Medical Institute is just as important. Aside from these main units, there are plenty of temporary tenants as well, but their role is not very significant.
The history of Submarine Base New London begins in 1868. It is one of the oldest military bases the US Navy operates. The local authorities in Connecticut gave the US Navy about 0.5 square kilometers to develop a new naval base. The funds were null, as the government was going through a harsh financial time. Therefore, the base became functional in 1872 only. However, it only had three buildings, so there was nothing special about it. During its first years, finding a purpose for such a small base was very hard. The lack of funds didn’t give it the possibility to expand and advance, therefore it was turned into a coaling base.
In 1915, the first five submarines reached the destination. One of them was Ozark. The times were harsh as World War I drew the world in a very complicated situation. There were severe fights taking place in the Atlantic, not to mention about Europe. One year later, multiple submarines were “driven” to the station. With a relatively decent amount of submarines and crafts, the base was finally turned into a sub base. That is when it became the premiere base of the US Navy in a matter of submarines. Soon after World War I reached to an end, the authorities found the funds to improve the status of the facility. Multiple training sites and schools were built on site, so the place finally got to deserve the name and reputation it had.
The base serves an active duty population of about 7,500 personnel accompanied by 12,000 family members. The base also is the host to Naval Reserve Units, an Army detachment and a host of DoD civilian personnel and contractors. In addition, the United States Coast Guard Academy is located across the Thames River on the west bank, in New London.
TRICARE Information and News
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FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Connecticut school, children should be between 4 and 6 before the first day of the school year to be eligible for kindergarten. Check with the school for requirements.
In 2010, Connecticut along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Connecticut Department of Human Resources
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Groton Children Services 860-441-6760
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Groton Animal Services 860-442-8583
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Groton Dept of Public Health 860-448-4882
Highway Patrol 860-848-6500
Base Operator 860-694-3011
Dental Headquarters 860-694-3738
Family Advocacy Program 860-694-4875
Housing Services Office 860-694-3851
ID/CAC Card Processing 860-694-3022
Legal Services and JAG 860-694-3741
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
SUBASE New London Housing is privatized with Balfour Beatty Communities as the Managing Partner. All units are assigned to comply with the “One Child Per Bedroom” criteria. Call the Navy Family Housing Office, at 860-694-3851, for information.
1.9 miles from base
A quiet and quaint neighborhood with a great community and school district. It’s close to casinos, beaches and a lot of parks
2.8 miles from base
This neighborhood has beautiful scenery with tons of outdoor activities. You are on the Thames River and have access to trails, fishing, and many activities. The population is mostly active duty and veterans.
In Groton, the summers are warm and humid; the winters are very cold, wet, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 23°F to 80°F and is rarely below 8°F or above 87°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Groton for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
In Groton, CT, the overall cost of living index is 109, which is 10% lower than the Connecticut average and 9% higher than the U.S. average.
As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Groton, CT, the city’s goods and services are 2% lower than the Connecticut average and 18% higher than the U.S. average.
Picturesque historical villages blend with urban centers, rolling hills, stone walls, graceful shorelines, spectacular fall foliage and diverse attractions to make southeastern Connecticut a wonderful place to live. A number of area attractions highlight the historic culture of the area and provide special educational programs for both adults and children. One of the finest exhibits is the Submarine Force Museum and historical ship Nautilus tour.
Other historic attractions highlight early Native American history in the area, colonial and maritime living along the New England coast, the American struggle for independence, and steam locomotive and riverboat travel. Since nearly all of the attractions offer special events, rotating exhibits and educational programs throughout the year, you are encouraged to call or visit their websites to find out the latest information.
More than a dozen state parks and state forests in New London County provide outdoorsmen and women a wide range of activities. Enjoy hiking, camping, picnicking, saltwater and freshwater fishing, swimming, boating, horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Two of the parks also have historic forts and one offers tours of a historic mansion.
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