New Trident Submarine Base In Georgia Will Cost About $1.4 Billion

The Navy announced recently that Kings Bay, Ga., has been selected as the location for the construction of the Trident Atlantic Coast Strategic Submarine Base. The announcement culminates detailed studies and analyses of many different base locations and configurations. The analyses considered operational capabilities and costs, as well as environmental and social impacts.

The Final Supplement Environmental Impact Statement, which discusses these impacts, was filed in September this year. The selection was made after full consideration of the impacts, as required by environmental regulations and procedures.

This East Coast Strategic Submarine Base is considered a necessary complement to the Trident Submarine Base at Bangor, Wash., which is scheduled to become operational next year. It will fulfill an important national strategic need by establishing facilities on the East Coast to support a squadron of new submarines armed with Trident I or follow-on missiles.

The East Coast Trident Base will provide maintenance and logistic support to the submarines, and serve as the homeport and training site for the crews.

The new Trident Submarine Base will result in economic growth in the Kings Bay region.

The Fiscal Year 1981 budget con- Write 414 on Reader Service Card tains $12.1 million for architectural and engineering services for base planning and design. The base construction, which could begin in 1982 and be completed by 1990, is expected to cost about $1.4 billion, and peak construction employment will be about 1,000 workers. The base payroll will eventually increase by almost 8,000 military and civilian workers, with total annual salaries of about $110 million.

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