The U.S. Navy does a lot of long term thinking.  That’s why Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, located in Camden County near St. Marys in Southeast Georgia, is currently prepping for the arrival of the first Columbia-class submarine in 2028.  More than $1 billion in renovations will go towards retrofitting the facility for the new class of submarine, with the goal of being able to service the subs all the way until 2084 when they go out of service.  The facility is also partnering with Coastal Pines Technical College to take on 40-50 apprentices per year to train for a wide variety of skilled jobs on the base.  Periphery companies like Lockheed Martin, which builds the ballistic missiles that go on the subs, are also hiring.  Needless to say Kings Bay is setting up to be invested in Camden County for the long haul.

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