Commander, Submarine Group Two


Groton Military Leaders Participate in Fourth of July Parade 

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The commander of Submarine Group 2 and the commanding officer of Naval Submarine Base New London participated in the 33rd annual Groton, Conn., Fourth of July parade July 4.

Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, commander, Submarine Group 2, and Capt. Marc Denno, commanding officer of Naval Submarine Base New London, were two of 89 participants in the 2011 parade.

Other commands representing the military in the parade included Naval Submarine School Silver Dolphins, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Assistant Superintendent Capt. James Rendon and the 1109th Aviation Classification and Repair Depot.

"The theme of this year's parade is 'Proud to be an American,' and it's an honor to celebrate our nation in this way," said Commander, Submarine Group 2 Command Master Chief Wesley Koshoffer, who accompanied McLaughlin along the parade route.

Several thousand citizens of Groton lined the two-mile parade route through the heart of Groton to celebrate and honor their nation's birth.

Jerry Lokken, Groton's recreational manager explained the importance of including Naval Submarine Base New London in the annual parade.

"The submarine base is an integral part of the Groton community, and everyone has a connection to the base," said Lokken.

The grand marshal for this year's parade was Dennis Popp, former mayor of the city of Groton.