Boat’s Sponsor Luncheon - By Invitation Only
Provides an opportunity to honor the Boat’s Sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden. As the tradition states, her spirit and presence will guide the boat throughout its service. Special gifts are presented to the Sponsor and to the boat, represented by the Prospective Commanding Officer.
USS DELAWARE (SSN 791) Chairman's Reception- By Invitation Only
This event is a tradition that offers guests from the military, business, and political communities, along with family and friends, the opportunity to toast the impending commissioning. The Prospective Commanding Officer and selected guests have an opportunity to thank all those involved. Special guests invited: Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, former cabinet members, and the Boat’s Sponsor.
SATURDAY MORNING - NAVAL STATION NORFOLK
Pre-Commissioning Breakfast - By Invitation Only
This gathering enables platform guests and other VIPs to be briefed on what to expect during the commissioning ceremony and post-commissioning events. Upon completion, they are transported to the pier for seating.
Saturday Afternoon Commissioning Ceremony - Tickets required
Official United States Navy event.
Following the official commissioning ceremony, guests are routed to the commissioning tent where refreshments, photo opportunities, and overall good will prevail. An event like this culminates Navy tradition, the official transfer of a warship from the ship builder to the United States Navy. Guests that attend will become part of history.