Saturday, April 13

Bidens commemorate Navy submarine USS Delaware in Port of Wilmington

President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden received a warm welcome Saturday morning when they arrived at the Port of Wilmington to commemorate the commissioning of the USS Delaware, a fast-attack submarine that was sponsored by the first lady to “uphold the First State’s motto of liberty and independence.”

Military personnel, veterans and their friends and families were joined by members of the community for a long-awaited redo of the original ceremony in 2020, which was postponed due to the pandemic. A version of the commissioning took place underwater instead, making the USS Delaware the first boat to do so in the history of the Navy.

“Today’s celebration, like so many things in the past few years, is just a bit out of the ordinary,” Jill Biden said.

First Lady Jill Biden, the ship's sponsor, is escorted to the platform during the celebration of commissioning for the USS Delaware attack submarine at the Port of Wilmington on the Delaware River Saturday, April 2, 2022.

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The ceremony still honored tradition; cannons were fired, colors were flown and the Navy band played. Two planes flew by overhead after the flag of the commander-in-chief was raised on the submarine.

It’s the latest in a “long tradition of serving our nation proudly and strengthening our nation’s security,” the president said.

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