Commander, Submarine Group Two

GROTON, Conn. (Nov. 21, 2011) - Rep. McIntyre (D-NC)
asks a question about the docking facilities at General
Dynamics Electric Boat. McIntyre was in Groton for a
familiarization tour of submarine operations and shipbuilding.
(U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication
Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)

HASC Subcommittee Ranking Member on Seapower and Projection Forces Visits Groton

GROTON, Conn. – Commander, Submarine Group Two hosted Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC), for a two-day familiarization tour of submarine operations and shipyard in Groton, Nov. 20-21.

McIntyre represents North Carolina’s 7th District and is the ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.  During his visit he toured the Submarine Base, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, General Dynamics Electric Boat operations in Groton and Quonset Point.

“Congressman McIntyre’s tour of the ‘Submarine Capital of the World’ is an opportunity to show from a warfighter’s perspective how our undersea force provides assured access,” said Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, Commander, Submarine Group Two. “This undersea assured access provided by our advanced capability SSNs delivers a unique asymmetric military influence in areas where other forces may be denied.”

Following briefings at General Dynamics Electric Boat, McIntyre commented on the key role undersea forces will play in the future.

“The Nation will become increasingly reliant upon undersea forces as well as special forces to deter aggression, promote regional stability and safeguard global security,” said McIntyre. “Preserving our industrial capacity to build the world’s most advanced submarines is a strategic imperative.”

During the Congressman’s tour of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, he met with Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, superintendent of the Academy, who explained the unique relationship fostered between the services to enhance that security.  He also met with a North Carolina Cadet, received a demonstration on navigation and spoke briefly with government affairs students.

"We are thrilled to host Rep. McIntyre and delighted with his interest in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy," said Stosz. "As someone who is committed to our Nation's servicemen and women, he understands the issues we face today and the importance of meeting the challenges we will likely face tomorrow.  This is also a great opportunity to highlight the strong maritime security partnership we have forged with our Navy partners across the river."

During their tour of Quonset Point, Congressman Jim Langevin, representing Rhode Island’s 2nd District joined the group and discussed recent capital investments to support the increased construction rate of two Virginia-class submarines per year.