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Joe and Jill Biden direct the commissioning of the USS Delaware

President Biden hailed his wife, Jill, as an “incredible partner” in a brief three-minute address Saturday at the commissioning ceremony of the USS Delaware, the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered submarine.

“Jill has overseen the progress of the USS Delaware for years,” Biden assured. Jill Biden was named the ship’s official sponsor in 2018 when she slapped a bottle of champagne over the hull to christen her as construction neared completion.

“She always keeps the military and their families close to her heart. And that’s not an exaggeration, that’s real,” Biden added.

The submarine’s black turret loomed behind Biden as he spoke from the flag-covered platform in bright spring sunshine.

The nuclear submarine USS Delaware is docked in Wilmington Harbor.
The nuclear submarine USS Delaware is docked in Wilmington Harbor.
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The audience at the commissioning.
The audience at the commissioning.
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Crew members climb aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS Delaware during a memorial ceremony
Crew members climb aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS Delaware during a memorial ceremony.
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Jill Biden was on hand to speak the traditional words that formalized the Delaware’s status as a battleship — despite having been at sea and in service for the past two years.

“Mann our ship and bring it to life,” she ordered the crew.

“Aye aye, ma’am,” they replied.

When the original commissioning ceremony was canceled in April 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Delaware became the first Navy ship to ever commission underwater.

Jill Biden was present to speak the traditional words formalizing the Delaware's status as a battleship.
Jill Biden was present to speak the traditional words formalizing the Delaware’s status as a battleship.
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"She always keeps military and their families in her heart," Biden said of his wife.
“She always has the military and their families in her heart,” Biden said of his wife.
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The 377-foot submarine, one of 19 Virginia-class fast attack submarines in the U.S. Navy’s fleet, arrived in its namesake state at the port of Wilmington this week for it and its crew to finally have its traditional welcome A limited audience of 1,500 could get in front of a tight reception.

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