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USS ILLINOIS Commissioning Update
USS ILLINOIS (SSN-786) was successfully commissioned in Groton, CT on Saturday October 29, 2016. The Ship's Sponsor Michelle Obama was present, with keynote speaker being ADM John Richardson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations. View the entire 75 minute ceremony below.
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