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    Posted: 19 Oct 2020 at 4:02pm
Happy 105th birthday to Naval Submarine Base New London, established #OnThisDay in 1915! New London was the U.S. Navy's first submarine base — a distinction the base has embraced with the motto "world's first and finest."

New London began as a naval yard and storage depot used for laying up ships before transitioning to a coal refueling station in 1898. As oil replaced coal, the Navy almost shuttered the yard. Then in October 1915, six submarines — USS G-1, G-2, G-4, E-1, D-1, and D-3 — arrived in Groton and gave the New London new purpose. The yard was designated the first official Submarine Base, home to the New London Submarine Flotilla and the Submarine School. By the end of World War I, 20 submarines and 1,400 submariners were assigned to Submarine Base New London.

Today Submarine Base New London comprises more than 680 acres and is home to 15 attack submarines and 70+ commands including the Naval Submarine School, Naval Submarine Support Center, New London, Submarine Group Two, Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory, and Naval Undersea Medical Institute (NUMI).
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