As members of his proud family looked on, Bldg 429 at the New London Naval Submarine
Base, CT was rededicated in honor of World War II submariner and Medal of Honor recipient
Rear Admiral Richard H. “Dick” O’Kane in October 2009. He was a New Hampshire native,
O’Kane served in the Navy from 1930-1957. He received our nation’s highest honor
for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” in action against the enemy during October
The re-dedication and ribbon cutting marked the completion of a three-phase transformation
of the former barracks building through the Navy’s Shore Vision 2035 plan, according
to an article written by Electronics Technician 3rd Class Melissa Gavin who served
at the Public Affairs ofﬁce last year.
O’Kane Hall, the Navy’s most recent vision of shore-basing, is an innovative retail,
recreation, and most importantly, temporary military lodging™ opportunity.
This new lodging facility has 35,000 squarefeet with a spacious lobby warmed by
a twosided ﬁreplace. It has 80 renovated and newly-appointed guest rooms.
Standard rooms have 32” ﬂat screen TVs, a three drawer dresser, small desk and a
comfortable chair. A queen-size bed is standard here as well as a private bath. These
rooms, at our press-time, were available for $66 per night. Call to verify prices
There are two VIP suites. These include two 42’ ﬂat screen TVs, one each in the bedrooms
and living rooms. These suites have a kitchenettes, upgraded amenities, including
plush queen mattresses. A dining room table and a large deck round out these spacious
suites. These are currently $78 per night. Call to verify prices 860-694-3416.
If you are taking a mini-vacation on base, you will ﬁnd plenty of options to make
your trip worthwhile. The check-in building shares space with the Navy Federal Credit
Union, the CPO Club and the Ofﬁcer’s Club, known as ‘The Dive”. Also nearby are the
bowling alley, theater, Navy Exchange and Commissary plus the bank, golf course,
fast food, and ﬁtness center to work off the calories. Morale, welfare and Recreation
(MWR) activities round out the picture.
As you pay your bill at the new Navy Gateway Inns and Suites location, say thanks
that there are no sales taxes added to your bill. This really can make the difference
these days as many states are looking for more income for their treasuries.
We visited Groton, CT several years ago. We could not get in the Navy Lodge and went
off base to a commercial hotel. Even back then, prices for a good, clean hotel or
motel in this area were extremely high. Thank goodness for facilities such as Navy
Gateway Inns and Suites and
the ever-popular Navy Lodge which are both available on the Sub Base!
If you visit this Navy Base, we would like to hear from you. Please send us your
tips on trips and traveling on less per day. . .the military way™. We look forward
to having some more info to share with our subscribers on the New London Naval Submarine
Base in Groton, CT.