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Newport News Shipbuilding launched sub christened by Jill Biden

The Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries launched the Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791) into the water last Wednesday.

More than 10,000 shipbuilders have worked on the Delaware since 2013.

Related story: NN Shipbuilding offers buyouts to more than 2,500 employees

According to the NNS announcement, it took three days to move the 7,800-ton submarine from the construction site into the James River.

The submarine was christened by Jill Biden, the ship’s sponsor on Oct. 19 and will be delivered to the Navy next year.

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John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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