The Commissioning Date has been set for Saturday, October 29, 2016. It will be held at the Submarine Base in Groton, CT. Discounted rooms with group codes are found on the hotel booking information page of this website. 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
The general public is invited to join us during the commissioning ceremony of the USS ILLINOIS. Request a ceremony ticket to be part of this historic event.
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