Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met at the Pentagon Monday with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former governor of Mississippi, to talk about the future of the submarine base in Groton.

“My administration — in cooperation with Connecticut’s congressional delegation — has been closely monitoring the Department of Defense proposal to conduct a new BRAC process, and I am pleased that Secretary Mabus and I had an opportunity today to discuss the increased military value of the Groton sub base, in addition to what the base means for Connecticut,” Malloy said. “Forging a relationship with the Navy secretary can only help us as we navigate the BRAC process in the years ahead.”

BRAC is shorthand for “base realignment and closing,” a process that nearly closed the base.

“As a former governor of a coastal state himself, Secretary Mabus can certainly appreciate the relationship a state has with its maritime facilities, and I made sure to let him know that Connecticut’s support for our sub base remains strong and in fact has played a leading role in its transformation over the last few years into what has become a thriving, vibrant campus,” Malloy said.

Malloy was in the Washington area to deliver the keynote address at an energy conference.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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