At a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee this week, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) sang the praises of Kings Bay and urged his fellow lawmakers to assign new missions to the post. As one of just two nuclear submarine bases in the country, Kingston told his fellow lawmakers that it was a prime spot for the Navy to grow.
"We are blessed with a top-notch facility, some of the best sailors, marines, and coastguardsmen in the world, and fervent community support," Kingston said. "Kings Bay has the space for new vessels and a unique environment ideal for training. I will take any opportunity to sing its praises and to help facilitate growth at this important national asset."
Kingston's used his testimony to pay tribute to Kings Bay -- which was selected as the Navy's Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Award winner for 2007 -- and to note specific new missions which would complement the existing units.
"A fast attack squadron, with which the SSBNs must coordinate in day to day operations, would complement our existing submarine forces," said Kingston. "Also, with the unique missions of the SSGNs and the fantastic Cumberland Sound, our area would be a prime long-term training opportunity for Special Forces."
The hearing at which Kingston testified was called by Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) to allow Kingston and other Members of Congress to testify on their national defense priorities in advance of the National Defense Authorization Act which must be enacted later this year.