USS Illinois (SSN-786)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Illinois.
USS Illinois (SSN-786)
Virginia class submarine.jpg
An artist's rendering of a Virginia-class submarine underway.
Awarded: 22 December 2008
Builder: Electric Boat
Laid down: 2 June 2014[1]
Sponsored by: Michelle Obama[1]
Status: Ordered
General characteristics
Class & type: Virginia-class submarine
Displacement: 7800 tons light, 7800 tons full
Length: 114.9 meters (377 feet)
Beam: 10.3 meters (34 feet)
Propulsion: S9G reactor
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)[2]
Range: Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years
Test depth: greater than 800 feet (240 meters)[3]
Complement: 134 officers and men[2]

USS Illinois (SSN-786), will be a Virginia-class submarine. The contract to build her was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Newport News, Virginia on 22 December 2008. This ship is the third of the Block III subs which will feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio-class SSGNs.[4] The first group of sailors reported for duty with the submarine during June 2013.[5] It is under contract to be delivered in August 2016.[5]


Pre-commissioning CDR Jess Porter[6]

Keel Laying Ceremony and Sponsorship[edit]

The Keel Laying Ceremony took place on 2 June 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama took sponsorship.[7]


  1. ^ a b McDermott, Jennifer (2 June 2013). "First lady helps lay keel for new submarine". Navy Times. Associated Press. 
  2. ^ a b "The US Navy – Fact File". US Navy. Retrieved 5 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "SSN-774 Virginia-class". GlobalSecurity. 
  4. ^ "Virginia Block III: The Revised Bow". Defense Industry Daily. 21 December 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Prunera, Jeff (25 June 2013). "First Sailors Report to PCU Illinois". Navy News Service. NNS130625-14. 
  6. ^ "Cmdr. Jess Porter Prospective Commanding Officer Pre-Commissioning Unit Illinois (SSN 786)". Commander, Submarine Group 2. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  7. ^ "Remarks by the First Lady at the Keel Laying Ceremony for the PCU ILLINOIS" (Press release). The White House : Office of the First Lady. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 

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