USS ILLINOIS SSN 786
The Illinois (SSN 786) is the 13th Virginia-class attack submarine and the second United States Navy ship named for the state of Illinois. The contract to build her was awarded to General Dynamics Electric Boat division on December 22, 2008.
June 2, 2014 The keel for Illinois was laid down during a ceremony at GDEB’s Quonset Point facility in North Kingstown, R.I.
July 29, 2015 The Illinois moved from the hangar bay, in which she was assembled, to a floating Dry Dock #3 where she floated off for the first time.
October 10, The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois was christened during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn. The First Lady Michelle Obama served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Jessie A. Porter is the prospective commanding officer.
July 31, 2016 PCU Illinois returned to Electric Boat shipyard after a two-day underway for Alpha sea trials; Underway again from Aug. 1-?.
August 27, U.S. Navy took delivery of PCU Illinois, from the General Dynamic's Electric Boat, four days ahead of schedule; Arrived in Naval Submarine Base New London for the first time on Aug. 30.
October 29, USS Illinois was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Pier 6N on NSB New London in Groton, Connecticut.
October 31, Cmdr. Neil J. Steinhagen relieved Cmdr. Jessie A. Porter as CO of the SSN 786 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub.
November 6, The Illinois moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral, Fla., for an eight-day port call; Brief stop at Trident Wharf on Nov. 19; Returned home on Nov. 23; Underway again on Dec. ?; Brief stop off Groton on Dec. 12.
January 31, 2017 SSN 786 recently departed Naval Submarine Base New London for acoustic trials off the coast of Florida; Conducted surface operations, 2 miles off the coast of North Beach in Hollywood, Fla., and Port Everglades, from Feb. 6-9.
February 15, Electric Boat Corp. was awarded a $13,9 million modification to a previously-awarded contract (N00024-09-C-2104) for the planning and execution of USS Illinois Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). The work is scheduled to be completed by June.
February 17, The Virginia-class attack submarine moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral for a brief stop to embark 26 members and officers of the Illinois Commissioning Committee for a day-long VIP cruise.
March 16, Electric Boat Corp. was awarded a $16,9 million modification to a previously-awarded contract (N00024-09-C-2104) for the planning and execution of USS Illinois guaranty. The work is scheduled to be completed by October.