USS ILLINOIS Commissioning CommitteeCommissioning Committee

The USS ILLINOIS Commissioning Committee’s purposes are to promote awareness within the State of Illinois of the construction of the USS ILLINOIS (SSN-786), its newest namesake ship, provide support for the crew during construction, to help organize and raise funding for the events surrounding the launching and commissioning, and to provide ongoing support for the ship and its crew after it is commissioned.

Honorary USS Illinois Commissioning Committee

  • Major General John Borling, USAF (Ret.)
    Former Fighter Pilot, Hanoi Hilton POW, Commander "Hat in the Ring" Squadron, & Commander of USAF Think Tank (Checkmate)
  • Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude, USMC (Ret.)
    President, Marine Corps University Foundation, Quantico, VA
  • Senator Richard Durbin
    U.S. Senator from Illinois
  • Rear Admiral Howard Habermeyer, USN (Ret.)
    Former Commander Submarine Group Two
  • Senator Mark Kirk
    U.S. Senator from Illinois
  • General Charles C. Krulak, USMC (Ret.)
    Former Commandant of the Marine Corps & Member Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  • Captain James A. Lovell III, USN (Ret.)
    Former Apollo Astronaut
  • Admiral Joseph Preuher, USN (Ret.)
    Former Commander in Chief Pacific & US Ambassador to China
  • Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
    Governor of Illinois
  • Brigadier General Stewart Reeve, USA (Ret.)
    Former Deputy Commanding General, 35th Infantry Division, Ft. Leavenworth, KS & Current Director Illinois State Military Museum
  • Illinois Senator Mark Q. Rhoads
    Former Illinois State Senator & Current Historian of the Illinois State Society, Washington, DC
  • Vice Admiral N. Ronald Thunman, USN (Ret.)
    Former Commander Submarines Pacific & Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Submarine Warfare)
  • BGEN William H. Weir, USA (Ret.)
    Judge, 16th Judicial Circuit; Marine Corps & Army Combat Veteran
  • Admiral Archie R. Clemins, USN (Ret.)
    Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, 1996-1999.
  • Admiral Bruce DeMars, USN (Ret.)
    Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, 1988-1996.

USS ILLINOIS (SSN-786) Mission

The Virginia-class submarine, USS ILLINOIS (SSN-786), is built to dominate the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions.

Stealth and speed are standard in submarines, but this next generation of attack submarines offers an improved level of capabilities to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century.

The USS ILLINOIS (SSN-786) is poised to meet the Navy’s multi-mission requirements from open ocean anti-submarine warfare to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to projecting power ashore with Special Operation Forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises.

Navy League Mission and Goals

Navy League of the United States

The Navy League of the United States is a civilian organization dedicated to informing the American people and their government that the United States of America is a maritime nation and that its national defense and economic well being are dependent upon strong sea services – United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard and United States Merchant Marine.

Navy League of the United States

  1. Educate national leaders and the nation.
  2. Support the men and women of the sea services.
  3. Provide assistance to sea service families.
  4. Support youth programs.