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The Navy will commission its newest nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter on Saturday at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

President Carter is the only U.S. president to have qualified in submarines. He served in the Navy for seven years.

Carter graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946, served as a commissioned officer aboard submarines, and served as commander-in-chief from 1977 to 1981. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

In a time-honored Navy tradition, former first lady Rosalynn Carter will give the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” according to the Navy News Service.

The Jimmy Carter is the third and final submarine of the Seawolf class.

Capt. Robert D. Kelso will serve as Jimmy Carter’s first commanding officer, leading a crew of 130 officers and sailors.


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