EB Wants Business From Water Fender Bender

Sub Accident could lead to work for Electric Boat

Some business might be coming to Electric Boat after an oceanic fender bender did some damage to the USS Hartford.

Electric Boat relies on repair work to keep its 7,800 employees occupied during slower phases of new construction and the company is talking with the Navy about the repairs, the Hartford Courant reports.

The boat, a submarine out of Groton, was damaged a couple weeks ago when it collided with the USS New Orleans, an amphibious ship based in San Diego.

The USS Hartford was built at the Groton shipyard in the early 1990s.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney told the Hartford Courant that while Navy shipyards get first dibs on repair work, they are often too busy to handle the extensive repairs that the Hartford needs. That could improve the odds that the work will be done at E.B. rather than another private shipyard.

The Navy is considering several other shipyards, both private and military.

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