In a ceremony held yesterday, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, alongside Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio and James J. Coleman, Chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, signed a Memorandum of Agreement detailing the cooperative relationships and mutual commitments required to establish a National Coast Guard Museum proposed to be built in New London, Conn.
“Signing this agreement is a significant milestone in bringing this world-class museum to life,” said the Commandant. “We are one major step closer to walking through the doors of an iconic museum that will honor our Coast Guard and the rich maritime heritage of the State of Connecticut and City of New London.”
Governor Malloy’s signature declares the State of Connecticut’s intent to provide $20 million for development, construction and additional logistical support of the museum.
“The signing of this MOA is a significant step in our efforts to construct Connecticut’s newest national landmark – one that represents our state’s rich maritime heritage and celebrates the important role the U.S. Coast Guard has played throughout our country’s history. Once completed, the National Coast Guard Museum will also bring hundreds of thousands of visitors a year to our state, in turn, driving regional tourism and economic development,” said Governor Malloy. “Reaching this milestone was a result of numerous different parties collaborating and pooling resources, and I look forward to continue to working together with our fellow stakeholders to get the ball rolling on this worthy project.”
By signing onto the agreement, the City of New London agrees to convey the land for the museum to the U.S. Coast Guard by gift. And the city agrees to be the primary interlocutor with local officials, property owners, and businesses to coordinate support for the museum and help resolve potential issues that may affect construction and design.
“The City of New London is honored to be chosen as the home of the National Coast Guard Museum,” said Mayor Finizio. “By signing this Memorandum of Agreement today, the City is committing all of its efforts and energies to the success of this project. This museum will be a treasure for our City, our state and the Coast Guard; and it will also be a national treasure for all Americans.”
In addition, the agreement describes that the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. will convey the museum to the Coast Guard by gift upon completion of the construction.
“The National Coast Guard Museum is a long overdue idea,” said Coleman. “The Coast Guard is the only branch of the armed services that does not have a national museum celebrating its role in the life of our nation. The service has a proud and illustrious history which deserves recognition from the public, who is generally unaware of the scale and scope of Coast Guard operations.”