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A sponsor, in the U.S. Navy, is the title given to a prominent citizen chosen to christen a naval vessel. In recent history, all U. S. Navy ship sponsors have been female. In addition to the ceremonial breaking of a champagne bottle on the bow, the sponsor remains in contact with the ship’s crew and is involved in special events throughout the life of the ship.

Throughout her association with the military, Mrs. Tester has been actively involved in the health and welfare of military and veteran families as well as the policies and procedures that affect their lives.