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SSN-790 The US Navy on 04 april 2020 commissioned its 18th new-generation attack submarine, but without the usual fanfare due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. “Although the traditional public commissioning ceremony was canceled due to public health safety and restrictions of large public gatherings, the Navy commissioned USS Delaware administratively and transitioned the ship to normal operations,” the announcement said.

Jill Biden, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, was the sub’s designated “sponsor”; its construction began while her husband, a former US senator from Delaware, was serving as the US vice president. In a statement, she congratulated all involved in the complex process of building a nuclear submarine longer than a football field. “I know this submarine and her crew of courageous sailors will carry the steadfast strength of my home state wherever they go,” she said.

Since 2005, when Tony Blair led the party to victory, the Labour had not won a general election as it lost working-class votes to the right-wing Conservatives. Scotland, which almost voted for statehood six years ago, remains a thorn in the side of the party. Today, the former Labour heartland is dominated by the ruling pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), which led Scotland's devolved government at the Scottish Parliament since 2007.

PCU Delaware (SSN 791) is a Virginia-class attack submarine. The Virginia-class, also known as the VA-class or 774-class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the U.S. Navy. The submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era, and are replacing older Los Angeles-class submarines, 20 of which have already been decommissioned.

The keel laying of the U.S. Navy’s future USS Delaware (SSN 791) ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., took place 30 April 2016 at 11 a.m. ET.

This is the seventh U.S. Navy ship named Delaware. The last USS Delaware was a coal-burning battleship that was decommissioned in 1923.

Newport News Shipbuilding celebrated the christening of the Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) with Ship’s Sponsor Dr. Jill Biden, former Second Lady of the United States on October 20, 2018. This ceremony was invitation only, but a live broadcast of the christening is available on the HII Facebook page. The submarine is the newest Navy vessel named for the country’s first state, following the dreadnought battleship USS Delaware (BB 28) that was delivered by Newport News in 1910. Delaware is the final ship of the Block III submarines built under a unique teaming agreement between Newport News and General Dynamics Electric Boat.

The ceremony involved in naming and launching a naval vessel is based in traditions thousands of years old. Ancient Mediterranean shipbuilders accompanied the launching of their ships with religious ceremonies invoking favor over the ship and her sailors. Today, the tradition has evolved into a ceremony that honors the individuality of the ship and the life ahead of her. The ship’s sponsor proclaims, “In the name of the United States I christen thee…” and shatters a ceremonial bottle of American sparkling wine against the bow of the new ship.

The ceremony took place in Newport News’ Module Outfitting Facility and was attended by more than 1,500 guests, including Delaware Gov. John Carney; Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.; Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.; James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, acquisition and development; Rear Adm. John Tammen, director of the undersea warfare division at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; Vice Adm. Richard P. Snyder, the Navy’s inspector general; and Kurt Hesch, chief operating officer of General Dynamics Electric Boat.

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