Courtney, at submarine christening, highlights growth of EB workforce

Courtney, at submarine christening, highlights growth of EB workforce

The Westerly Sun


GROTON — In remarks prepared for the christening ceremony Saturday of the submarine South Dakota (SSN-790), U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, highlighted the growth of Electric Boat. Nine years ago, when the submarine was authorized by Congress, he said, “Quonset Point and Groton were limping along at a one sub a year build rate. However, as the steel, wires and pipes came together to build this boat, so too has the shipyard grown, in fact — by 65 percent. In December 2007, EB employed just over 10,000 workers; now we are at 16,000.”

“To all the craftsman who performed the complex job of building South Dakota, you can again proudly claim your historic contribution to America’s defense,” Courtney said. In addition to South Dakota, he added, nine other submarines were in various stages of construction at EB and Newport News Shipbuilding. “And soon, the USS Columbia, the next generation missile submarine, will emerge from design computers into production, driving the workforce even higher to 18,000.”

— Sun staff




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