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hi My Son is currently in Groton, Ct. for Submarine School then "A" School.

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Comment by Angie on June 15, 2011 at 9:58pm

For all of us that will be in Groton during the July 1st weekend, I found the following:


SUBFEST 2011 HOURS, June 30 - July 3rd! (Details within)

by Naval Submarine Base New London on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 12:17pm
Vendors: Load-in begins 8am at Commercial Gate (Gate 7)
Military Only Night: 5pm – 10pm
Open to public: 3pm – 11pm
Open to public: 3pm – 11pm
Fireworks at 9pm (Rain Date is July 3)
Open to public: 3pm – 11pm
Vendors: Load-out to take place immediately after event.
All windows on the west side of building 429 must be secured during the firework display, between 9 and 10 p.m.
Please remove cars from the following areas to avoid having your car towed or damaged by fireworks fall out.
Parking on south side of building 429 and 430 is "park at your own risk".
No parking in the lots between building 429 and 430.
Lot across the street from buildings 429 and 430 will be secured.
Lots south of buildings 408, 409, and 410 will be secured.
A map of base parking is displayed below.
Comment by jim'scupcake on June 15, 2011 at 9:32pm
Cheri...just curious...what class is your son in (graduation date??).
Comment by Rose7..Norfolk on June 15, 2011 at 9:22pm
Beckie....I agree with Cheri, don't worry too much.  Your feeling could be right but also can be that he didn't pass a test.  They have to pass everything if not they hold them back.  So my opinion is try to find out and encourage him may be he need to study a little harder.  Good luck!!
Comment by Cheri (L.A. FT Mom) on June 15, 2011 at 6:52pm
I hope that didn't sound bad.  That is just what I would have said about my son
Comment by Cheri (L.A. FT Mom) on June 15, 2011 at 6:50pm
Beckie  I wouldn't worry too much.  I do know that one kid in my son's BESS class was sent back through the entire BESS because he got a tattoo but it sounds like your son is just being pushed back for part of it.  It may have been his grade on his last test.  All of the guys are pretty smart kids otherwise they would not have scored high enough on the ASVAB.  Maybe he just needed a kick in the pants.
Comment by HockeyMom on June 15, 2011 at 6:02pm

@Defiance my son has had his girlfriend at the time, stay on base, he has to arrange that, but my son's brother and I have stayed at Best Western, #360 on rt#12 it is 3 minutes from the base, they have a restauant on site, with sauna, pool, and weight rm.

not an eligant place, but is not bad it cost a little bit more then you staying on base

Comment by Cheri (L.A. FT Mom) on June 15, 2011 at 2:54pm
Jeffsmom1380  I am so jealous!  Have fun!
Comment by Jeffsmom1380 on June 15, 2011 at 2:41pm
I'm visiting my son over July 4th.  I hear there is a carnival & fireworks!  I am going to Mystic & also Ocean Beach Park in New London.  Water slides & the ocean!  Groton is a great place.
Comment by Cheri (L.A. FT Mom) on June 15, 2011 at 9:32am

I liked Mystic too.  I wanted to do a lot more site seeing while I was there but my son just wanted to relax like watching movies in the room.  Which reminds me.  A lot of people want to stay on base but if you do your sailor will never be able to fully relax because they are still on the base.


I made another reservation to visit my son in August but I am hoping my son will get an opportunity to fly home after TCHNO and before A-School.  

Comment by SailorMom on June 15, 2011 at 2:22am

 :). Hi everyone, I feel like I know this area better now so I can comment.

Defiance Mom: The reason your son isn't sure is because things don't work on an airtight schedule the way they did in boot camp. The school does assign a chronological training schedule but it can get scrapped or moved or changed around for any number of reasons. In boot camp, it was nine weeks like clockwork and that's that. In Groton there could be changes, "classups", "holds" and things that take precedent.  If he's not sure, it's because he really is not sure.


That said, if there is a date mentioned BESS *is* planning to have something happen on that date and they WILL tell the boys if there's a change. If he's given you an actual date, he got it from somewhere and that's the best information there is, so it's safe to act on it.

The Navy Lodge is nice, and cheap. There are also several hotels very near post that will do fine and run in the seventy dollar range. Outside of Groton, there's the tourist town of Mystic which is the coolest little town on the planet in my opinion. The high end there is running 230 a night for tourist season but you can check out my absolute favorite B and B there, the Taber Inne, for somewhere running about a hundred bucks OR the Inn at Mystic for about the same. Neither of those have kitchens but TI has a pool and free breakfast.


It's an absolutely *magical* place in the US if you knock around there awhile. You'll love it.

Also make sure your kid gives you a tour of the base. It's ancient and beautiful and given the East Coast flavor and how pretty it is, you might come away thinking your kid has something on whoever he knows who's going to Brown.


If you're in Mystic, check out SeaSwirl, which is a takeout place on the river that makes fried clams that are out of this world, Mystic Seaport - twentyish bucks for a daypass to see the last wooden whaling ship in existence plus a cool museum exhibit on Sailor Tattoos, and Kitchen Little, the most amazing seaside breakfast restaurant on the planet.


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