The second U.S. Navy ship named for the 21st State of the Union, admitted on 3 December 1818, and whose name is a French rendition of the Algonquian word "Illini," meaning men or warriors.
The second U.S. Navy ship named Illinois. Screw sloop-of-war Illinois was laid down at Portsmouth Navy Yard, N.H., in 1864, but was never completed and broken up in 1872. Illinois (Battleship No. 7) was reclassified to BB-7 on 17 July 1920, reclassified an auxiliary (IX-15) for training on 8 January 1941 and renamed Prairie State to allow her name to be assigned to a projected new battleship, and served from 1901-1956. Illinois (BB-65), an Iowa class battleship under construction at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pa., was canceled on 12 August 1945.
(SSN-786: displacement 7,800; length 377'; beam 33'; draft 32'; speed 30 knots; complement 132; armament Mk 48 Advanced Capability upgrade torpedoes and UGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles; class Virginia)
The second Illinois (SSN-786) was laid down on 2 June 2014 at Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics, Groton, Conn.; sponsored by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama; and was commissioned on 29 October 2016 at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., Cmdr. Jessie Porter in command.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
31 October 2016