Jill Biden christens Navy submarine at Virginia shipyard

October 20, 2018
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Sen. Thomas Carper, left, and Newport News Shipbuilding president Jennifer Boykin watch as Jill Biden, right, takes a big swing to break a bottle of sparkling wine during the christening ceremony for the submarine Delaware at Newport News Shipbuilding Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 in Newport News, Va. Delaware will be the ninth Virginia-class submarine that Newport News has delivered and 18th in the entire class. ( Jonathon Gruenke/The Daily Press via AP)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The wife of former Vice President Joe Biden has christened the U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia-class attack submarine.

Jill Biden is the sponsor of the new USS Delaware. On Saturday, she broke a ceremonial bottle across the submarine’s bow at a Virginia shipyard.

In her Saturday speech, Biden honored the submarine’s 136 officers and crew, saying they were “the very best our Navy has to offer.” During World War II, her father served as a Navy signalman.

The former second lady was among numerous dignitaries who gathered Saturday at the Virginia shipyard that builds aircraft carriers and submarines.

On Friday, Joe Biden met with union leaders and workers at the union hall of Newport News Shipbuilding. The former vice president is among the Democrats who might run for president in 2020.