Conn. maritime firms to seek submarine business

Electric Boat shipyard in Groton (file).

COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut maritime manufacturers are getting lessons on how to cash in on a lucrative U.S. Navy submarine contract.

Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., and Anne Evans, district director for the U.S. Department of Commerce, will discuss on Tuesday a meeting set for June 16 for manufacturers to meet with Electric Boat.

Courtney and Evans will meet at 2 p.m. at an aerospace parts manufacturer in Colchester.

General Dynamics Corp., the parent of Electric Boat, has a $17.6 billion contract to build two ships a year for the next five years with the help of its partner Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia.

The June 16 meeting is set for 1 to 4 p.m. at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus in Groton. Courtney said more than 140 businesses have signed up.

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