This past weekend Lt. Governor Habib traveled to Norfolk, Virginia to represent the State of Washington at the commissioning ceremony of the USS Washington SSN 787.
The USS Washington is the newest Virginia-Class fast attack nuclear submarine in the United States Naval Fleet, and is the first ship to bear the name Washington in honor of the state since World War II, when the USS Washington BB-56 sailed under the command of Captain Howard H.J. Benson earning 13 battle stars.
While in Norfolk, Lt. Governor Habib spoke at the Chairman’s Reception, a formal event hosted by the Chairman of the Commissioning Committee, where he presented the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Gabriel B. Cavazos, with a plaque commemorating the occasion.
At the Commissioning Ceremony on Saturday, October 7, Lt. Governor Habib addressed an audience of the commissioning committee members, family and friends of the crew, companies and contractors who had completed work on the ship, to offer remarks on behalf of Governor Inslee and the State of Washington. He then addressed the Commanding Officer and the crew directly to offer them congratulations and well wishes for safe travel from the people of the ship’s namesake state. Closing, he remarked, “There will undoubtedly be long days and hard nights ahead, but know that though you may be unseen and unheard, you are seen in our thoughts and heard in the prayers of every Washingtonian. We stand behind you, and wish you safety and success in your mission.”
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