GROTON, Conn. - To facilitate snow removal operations in advance of the upcoming snow fall expected for Southeastern Connecticut later this evening, Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) will close to all but essential personnel at 4 p.m. this afternoon Tuesday, January 21.
Sailors will be in liberty status after that time, and civilian personnel will be granted administrative leave from that time through the end of their shift.
Personnel should have their vehicles moved from all designated "RED" parking lot areas at 4 p.m. today.
The earlier closure of the base today means that base activities will close early as well. The Commissary will close at 5 p.m. to facilitate last minute shopping. The Navy Exchange and MWR facilities will close at 4 p.m. Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton will close at 4p.m. The understanding of all patrons is very much appreciated.
As the storm continues through the evening and early tomorrow morning, SUBASE will continually evaluate the situation on the base and its impact.
At this time, however, due to the expected duration of the storm and anticipated snow removal operations, SUBASE will delay opening until 11 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, January 22.
Non-essential personnel should wait until that time to report to work.
Departments and tenants will decide which of their personnel are essential based on ongoing operations, and personnel with questions should contact their chain of command.
Sailors will be in liberty status until that time, and civilian personnel will be granted administrative leave from the beginning of their shift until that time.
Information will be available on this SUBASE facebook page, the SUBASE info line at 860-694-4444, and possibly, local media outlets as circumstances change.
SUBASE cannot stress strongly enough that personnel should contact their commands/supervisors if they believe the road/weather conditions are unsafe for travel to or from the base. Supervisors are encouraged to grant leave or liberty as they see fit.