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New London, CT

New London, CT (Groton) was where the Key's keel was laid down on December 5, 1964, where she was commissioned and was her first home port.  The last time I know of that the Key visited New London was January 10, 1972 when she came off of patrol and the two crews merged.  Ten days later the Key left New London heading to Bremerton, WA for Poseidon conversion and refueling of the reactor.  After the conversion, the Key returned to Portsmouth, NH for additional equipment installation but I do not remember pulling into New London.  Perhaps some of you guys have better memories of that time.

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First piece of Key being laid.

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Down the ways. 

Day 1.

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Launching

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Bob Sprecher sent in this picture of the crew assembling for the commissioning ceremony

Key on the Thames River in New London.

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 A3 Missile near the training building, with a nice Mustang for perspective.  I would date it 1970 or 71.  Greg Weber

Picture was taken during the 2008 reunion shows the front gate of the sub base.

Barracks taken in 2008 but they haven't changed much