USS Illinois (SSN-786)
An artist's rendering of a Virginia-class submarine underway.
||22 December 2008
||2 June 2014
|Class & type:
||7800 tons light, 7800 tons full
||114.9 meters (377 feet)
||10.3 meters (34 feet)
||25 knots (46 km/h)
||Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years
||greater than 800 feet (240 meters)
||134 officers and men
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. The first group of sailors reported for duty with the submarine during June 2013. It is under contract to be delivered in August 2016.
Pre-commissioning CDR Jess Porter
Keel Laying Ceremony and Sponsorship
The Keel Laying Ceremony took place on 2 June 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama took sponsorship.
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