First Lady visits RI, helps lay keel for the U.S.S. Illinois - ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather

First Lady visits RI, helps lay keel for the U.S.S. Illinois

First Lady visits RI, helps lay keel for the U.S.S. Illinois

Posted: Updated:
By: News Staff
Email: news@abc6.com

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Quonset on Monday to help lay the new keel for a multi–billion dollar submarine.

The first lady will delivered at General Dynamics Electric Boat Facility before christening the sub which is currently under construction. Mrs. Obama will serve as the ship's sponsor. She will wrote her initials on a metal plate that will be mounted on to the sub.

The U.S.S. Illinois is a new Virginia class submarine and is named after the president's home state.

Mrs. Obama was also joined by U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Congressman Jim Langevin, and Governor Lincoln Chafee.

 Electric boat has played a big role in boosting the Rhode Island economy. Back in April the company landed an $18 billion dollar navy contract for ten new submarines. That means at least 450 new employees will be hired this year.

Michelle Obama's last visit to Rhode Island was in 2011. She made a stop at the National Guard Headquarters in Cranston to meet with military families while on the campaign trail. During that trip the first lady also attended a fundraiser on behalf of the Democratic Party.

 (C) WLNE–TV 2014
Powered by WorldNow

10 Orms Street Providence, R.I. 02904
401-453-8000

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WLNE.
All Rights Reserved.

For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.