Navy gives Groton company $46 million submarine contract

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GROTON — A Groton manufacturer has been awarded a $46 million contract to overhaul the 24-year-old USS Montpelier.

The  Los Angeles-class attack submarine suffered extensive damage when it collided with a Navy cruiser in 2012 during a training exercise, according to the Navy Times.

According to Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, up to 600 employees will be involved in the new submarine construction project and the work is scheduled to be completed by early 2018.

“Submarine overhaul and repair work like this is vital not only to ensuring stability in Electric Boat’s workforce in the near term, but also leverages the unmatched skill and talent of our region’s workforce in ensuring that our submarine fleet is properly maintained,” said Congressman Joe Courtney, who is the Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.

“With the fleet only able to meet just over half of the demand for attack submarine capabilities, it is more important than ever that we get our submarines overhauled and back to sea as soon as possible,” Courtney said.

The money comes under a contract with a potential value of $259.6 million, if all options are exercised, according to Electric Boat.

Electric Boat President Jeffrey Geiger was set to speak Friday at a manufacturing meeting in Trumbull to discuss how his company is preparing for the Ohio replacement submarine program and what it means for manufacturing in the state, local suppliers and Connecticut’s economy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.