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Illinois II (SSN-786)

2016-

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.

II

(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.


An informational graphic describes Illinois and the missions she will fulfill. Note the great power of a Virginia class attack submarine as the boat churns the water during her passage. (Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell, U.S. Navy Photograph 161028-N-ZI635-003, Navy NewsStand)

An informational graphic describes Illinois and the missions she will fulfill. Note the great power of a Virginia class attack submarine as the boat churns the water during her passage. (Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell, U.S. Navy Photograph 161028-N-ZI635-003, Navy NewsStand)

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama looks on as Adm. John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, delivers his remarks as Illinois is commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., 29 October 2016. (Chief Petty Officer Elliott Fabrizio, U.S. Navy Photograph 161029-N-ES994-014, Navy NewsStand)

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama looks on as Adm. John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, delivers his remarks as Illinois is commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., 29 October 2016. (Chief Petty Officer Elliott Fabrizio, U.S. Navy Photograph 161029-N-ES994-014, Navy NewsStand)

Sailors raise the national ensign on board Illinois as she is commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., 29 October 2016. (Chief Petty Officer Darryl I. Wood, U.S. Navy Photograph 161029-N-ES994-014, Navy NewsStand)

Sailors raise the national ensign on board Illinois as she is commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., 29 October 2016. (Chief Petty Officer Darryl I. Wood, U.S. Navy Photograph 161029-N-ES994-014, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history pending. 

Mark L. Evans 

31 October 2016

Published: Mon Oct 31 11:26:56 EDT 2016