Saturday, October 29, 2016 has been set for the Commissioning Date. It will be held a the Submarine Base in Groton, CT. The Commissioing Committee received the good news in late June, and will begin arranging for discounted hotel rooms, caterers, etc. All will be posted on this Website as they are set up, so refer back here periodically. The closest airport is Providence, RI, but Hartford, CT is also an accessible airport.
For photos of the October 10 Christening, the Committee's evening reception, and a few of the areas nearby Groton, go to the Event Gallery Page
Recent legislation by the Illinois General Assembly has cancelled the opportunity to develop USS ILLINOIS vanity license plates.
Attention Illinois Taxpayers: Please donate to the USS ILLINOIS Commissioning Committee on Schedule G of your 2015 Illinois Form 1040 Income tax form. We are an authorized charitable non-profit on Schedule G. Just check our box and fill in the amount of your donation, then submit with your income tax filing. We sure could use your support as we are far short of our fundraising goals, and the Commissioning is coming up soon.
The USS ILLINOIS (SSN-786) is the 13th Virginia Class nuclear submarine and is currently under construction at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Ct. She is only the second U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned with the name "USS ILLINOIS" since a battleship with that name was commissioned in 1897. It is expected to be launched on October 10, 2015 and Commissioned on October 29, 2016. The USS ILLINOIS Commissioning Committee was formed from volunteers from all over the state and led by the Navy League of the United States, Aurora Council, to help honor Illinois’ newest namesake ship. The Navy League of the United States is a 501(c)(3) corporation and monetary gifts to the commission are tax deductible when made through the Navy League of the United States and designated for supporting the USS ILLINOIS (SSN-786) events associated with the launching, commissioning, and post-commissioning support of the ship and crew.
Governor Rauner partners with USS ILLINOIS (SSN-786) Commissioning Committee