One of Connecticut's senators will be heading out to sea aboard a state-made submarine to learn firsthand about U.S. security operations.
Sen. Chris Murphy, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Foreign Relations committees, said on Friday that he will travel to the arctic aboard a Los Angeles class submarine.
“I can’t wait to spend two days on board a Connecticut-made, Connecticut-based submarine this weekend, getting to know the boat and the crew from Groton," Murphy said. "Connecticut-made submarines are crucial to our undersea dominance, and working on board will put me in a much better position to advocate on their behalf.
Murphy said the arctic has become more important to national security and to the security of the country's allies.
"As foreign governments continue to claim territory throughout the Arctic, and as global warming threatens to create new navigable pathways throughout the region, our submarines are the best and primary way by which we can protect our national security," he said.
Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas and Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington will join Murphy on the trip.
Murphy said he'll travel to Alaska on Saturday, then to U.S. Navy Ice Camp SARGO, which is located atop a floating ice sheet in the arctic.
He and the rest of group will observe part of the Navy's five-week exercise, which is designed to assess the operational readiness of the submarine force while also continuing to advance scientific research in the arctic region.
They'll stay overnight on the sub and return to Washington D.C. on Sunday.
“I’m always impressed with the skills and professionalism of our sailors," Murphy said. "But if the Navy really wants to impress me, they’ll find a way to allow me to stream the UConn game hundreds of feet below the ocean surface."
Murphy said he'll hold a news conference on Monday to discuss the trip.
It's scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
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