The Naval Submarine Base New London is situated along the Thames River in southeast Connecticut. The installation is home port to a major construction yard and 15 attack submarines.
Just across the Thames River, the Coast Guard Academy trains new service members.
A military member assigned to TDY (Temporary Duty) or has PCS (Permanent Change of Station) orders to Naval Submarine Base New London, located in the towns of Groton and Ledyard (in Connecticut) along the Thames River, will reside at the U.S. Navy’s primary sub base.
Newcomers will find on base permanent bachelor housing at building 429. Temporary lodging, instead, is available at the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites or at the Groton Chalet Hotel, which are on base, and off base at the Navy Lodge. Tip: Upon receiving TDY or PCS orders here, be sure to contact the SUBASE Family Housing Welcome Center to secure a home or room. One may be charged a pet fee to accommodate them in a housing unit too.
Those that have children have the Groton School District: elementary to high school is available. In this district, there are 11 public schools and three private schools.
Military dependents and/or spouses who accompany the service member to this assignment will find job opportunities. Hiring preference does go to military families. Tip: Be sure to stop by the Fleet and Family Support Center in Building 83 on base for assistance. The job unemployment rate in Connecticut is at 8.6 percent. (BLS, 2012)
For family entertainment, located in Southeastern Connecticut is the Submarine Force Museum and Historic Ship USS Nautilus. This is the only submarine museum operated by the U.S. Navy. A must-see while stationed in Connecticut to see a collection of U.S. submarine artifacts, photographs, documents at the museum and the library archives. This is the place to learn some of the historical facts of U.S. submarines, in the past and present. Since the Coast Guard Academy is also in New London, Connecticut, the U.S. Coast Guard Museum (located at the Academy) is also an option. Admission to the museum is free.
The average annual temperature in New London, Connecticut is 59.0 °F. This state is known to have more inches of rain (47 inches) and snowfall (31 inches) per year than the U.S. average.