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Groton sub base marks centennial with new app

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An app reminiscent of the new Pokemon Go game is being used to celebrate a hundred years of the U.S. Navy's first submarine base. (WFSB photo) An app reminiscent of the new Pokemon Go game is being used to celebrate a hundred years of the U.S. Navy's first submarine base. (WFSB photo)
GROTON, CT (WFSB) -

A hundred years of the U.S. Navy's first submarine base and counting.

However, history isn't being celebrated the old fashioned way. The sub base in Groton is using an app reminiscent of the new Pokemon Go game.

The country's first nuclear-powered sub, surrounding museum and a host of events are all part of a year-long centennial celebration. 

"The entire community has been part of this celebration," said Marian Galbraith, CT Sub Century.

Organizers said the overall goal of the commemorative events were to show the impact the base has had on all of southeastern Connecticut.

That's where the Sub Trail app comes in. It takes the user to 21 colorful, fiberglass mini-subs.

"It's a public art project," Galbraith said. "They are all decorated by local artists."

Users can download it and choose their favorite sub. Each involves a description on the design from each artist.

The subs are spread across southeastern towns like Stonington, Waterford, Montville and the museum in Groton.

"And it gives you driving directions so you're not sitting there going 'no, we don't want to you to do that,'" Galbraith said. "It's not like Pokemon in that way."

It's a way to celebrate the base centennial, even if the base itself is too busy to do it.

"Quite frankly the base has done very little for the celebration, but the community has done quite a bit that tells you a lot about how the community embraced the base," said Capt. Paul Whitescarver, Naval base commanding officer.

For more on the base, click here.

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