(3 Oct 1994) T/I 10:16:18
THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR HILLARY, FIRST LADY LAUNCHER
Connecticut, USA Natsot Duration: 1.12″
American First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton used a bottle of sparkling water to christen the nuclear-powered attack submarine Columbia recently…but it took three attempts to smash the bottle before the Columbia slid into the Thames River at Groton, Connecticut down a ramp greased with a mix of paraffin and beeswax. It was the last launching by the method called sliding, which has been made obsolete by new construction methods and only the third time in history that presidential wives have been accorded the nuclear honour…the Roosevelt and Kennedy clans provided the first and second First Ladies.
In her address to 22,000 dignitaries, military officers and workers at the Electric Boat Shipyard, Mrs Clinton said her husband hoped the kind of teamwork required to build Columbia would inspire all Americans. “Every one of you knows your work cannot be sloppy,” Mrs Clinton said. “You gave us important lessons.” Columbia will remain in the river, with occasional brief trips out to sea, for about a year of tests before she is declared fully operational.
(GROTON, CONNECTICUT, USA) Hillary Clinton swinging bottle of water three times, before managing to christen nuclear attack submarine. “Columbia” sliding down ramp.
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