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Michelle Obama Submarine: First Lady Sponsoring USS Illinois, Future Navy Submarine

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This image released by ABC shows first lady Michelle Obama on the morning program "Good Morning America," Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in New York. Obama discussed a variety of topics including her new book "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America," which promotes healthy eating. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute) | AP

WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama is sponsoring a future Navy submarine named after her home state.

The White House said Tuesday that the first lady has accepted an invitation to be the sponsor of the future USS Ilinois, a Virginia-class submarine being built in Groton, Conn., and Newport News, Va. The new attack submarine is expected to join the fleet in late 2015.

As sponsor, Mrs. Obama will be involved in the life of the submarine and establish a special link to the ship's sailors and their families.

Other first ladies have sponsored Navy submarines, including Laura Bush, wife of President George W. Bush, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of President Bill Clinton.

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