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.