GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Navy officials are recognizing U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman’s support by naming him an “honorary submariner.”

Officers including Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, commander of Submarine Group Two, are planning to make the presentation Wednesday in Groton when Lieberman visits the Naval Submarine Base and tours the newest submarine in the fleet, the USS Mississippi.

Officials at the base say they wanted to honor Lieberman’s support of the submarine force, sailors and military families in southeastern Connecticut.

Lieberman, an independent, has been a U.S. senator since 1989 and is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He is retiring at the end of this session rather than seeking re-election.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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