GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)– A new submarine joined the naval fleet after a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama.
She stopped in Groton for the commissioning ceremony. Now, the U.S. Navy attack submarine is officially the USS Illinois, named after the first lady’s home state.
The First Lady officially gave the “order to man the ship and bring her to life.” Shortly after the crew ran onto the vessel as a ship sponsor. The First Lady will be involved in the lives of its sailors and families.
“Working with our military community has been the biggest honor and this is a proud moment for me. We want to rally all Americans to serve you, as you serve this country every day. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 5 years so that you get the jobs you deserve. The benefits you’ve earned and the honor of our nation,” said Obama.
It took thousands of shipyard employees in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia to help build the submarine, which costs a whopping $2.7 billion.