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Published: June 2, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama, right, gives her approval to the welding of her initials by Welder Michael R. Macomber, left, as EB President Jeffrey S. Geiger, right, looks-on during the "keel laying" ceremony for the submarine PCU Illinois (SSN 786) at General Dynamics Electric Boat Quonset Point yard in North Kingstown, RI Monday, June 2, 2014. Obama will act as sponsor for Illinois, the 13th ship in the Virginia class of nuclear attack submarines.

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