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Newport News, VA (Jul 12, 2002) -- (Left to Right) The Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England, First Lady Laura Bush, President of Northrop Grumman Newport News Thomas Schievelbein, and Senator John Warner (R-VA) celebrate an official ceremony to authenticate the keel of the next Virginia-class attack submarine Texas (SSN 775).  The First Lady used chalk to mark her initials on a metal plate, which is then traced by a welder's torch and permanently affixed to the stern of the boat.  Texas is the second of the Virginia-class submarines with advanced technologies, increased firepower, maneuverability and stealth.  She is scheduled for delivery to the Navy in 2005.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist David Nagle.  (RELEASED)

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