GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ Command of all the attack submarines based on the East Coast will soon shift from an officer in Connecticut to Virginia as the Navy consolidates its ranks of admirals.
The submarines currently report to Submarine Group Two, which is based at Naval Submarine Base New London and led by Rear Adm. Kenneth M. Perry. But that position is expected to be eliminated by fiscal year 2015.
Attack submarines on the East Coast will report through squadron commanders to the submarine force commander in Norfolk, Va., Cmdr. Ryan Perry told The Day of New London .
The Navy is consolidating or reducing in rank 35 admiral positions due to budget cuts.
The Navy says the decision does not affect the number of subs based in Groton or the role they will play.
The submarine base in Groton has been targeted for closure in the past and was nearly shut down in 2005 through a Base Realignment and Closure Commission, known as BRAC.
U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney, a Democrat who represents eastern Connecticut, said he does not believe the restructuring will make the base any more vulnerable to closure. He said installations are judged on military value, and not the presence of admirals.
“It doesn’t make sense that that necessarily adds to military value and that is always the test for BRAC,” Courtney said.
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