USS Illinois: Michelle Obama takes part in new attack submarine’s commissioning

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GROTON, Conn. — First lady Michelle Obama says she is “beyond proud” to be part of the commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy attack submarine named for her home state of Illinois.

The submarine officially became the USS Illinois and began active service at a ceremony Saturday in Groton, Connecticut.

The first lady gave the order to “man our ship and bring her to life” before the crew ran across the brow, onto the vessel.

The first lady has made supporting military families a priority. As the ship sponsor, she will be involved in the lives of its sailors and families.

It took thousands of shipyard employees in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia to build the $2.7 billion submarine.

The USS Illinois is the 13th member of the Virginia class.


  • RLB

    What a hypocrite ….she and her USELESS husband cannot stand Americas military and have done everything they can to undermine its power internationally. FAKES.

  • Phil

    Is this the same Michelle that commented to her husband, “All this for a d*mned flag” at a 911 commemoration ceremony?

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