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Illinois (SSN-786)

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Virginia Class Attack Submarine: Named PCU Illinois (SSN-786).The contract to build her was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Newport News, Virginia on 22 December 2008. Construction began in March 2011.
SSN-784 through approximately SSN-791 are planned to make up the Third Block or "Flight" Block III subs will feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio class SSGNs. SSN-786 will be built at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.
The Illinois (SSN-786) keel was laid on 3 June 2014, and she was christened on 10 October 2015.
Commissioned on 29 October 2016.

Specifications:Power Plant: One S9G pressurized water reactor, 29.84MW (40,000hp), one shaft with pumpjet propulsor, Improved Performance Machinery Program Phase III one secondary propulsion submerged motor. Displacement, 7,800 tons submerged. Length: 377 feet. Draft: 32 feet. Beam: 34 feet. Speed: 25+ knots submerged. Depth: Greater than 800 feet. 12 VLS & four torpedo tubes, capable of launching Mark 48 torpedoes, UGM-109 Tactical Tomahawks, Harpoon (missile)s and the new advanced mobile mine when it becomes available: Unmanned Undersea Vehicles, Special Warfare: Dry Deck Shelter. Advanced SEAL Delivery System. Sonars: Spherical active/passive arrays. Light Weight Wide Aperture Arrays. TB-16, TB-29, and future towed arrays. High-frequency chin and sail arrays. Countermeasures: 1 internal launcher (reloadable 2-barrel) 14 external launchers. Crew: 134 officers and men.

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Virginia-class1.09kNewport News Shipbuilding is teamed with General Dynamics Electric Boat to build Virginia-class submarines. Newport News Shipbuilding builds the stern, habitability & machinery spaces, torpedo room, sail and bow. Electric Boat builds the pressure hull, engine room and control room. Newport News Shipbuilding and Electric Boat each perform work on the reactor plant as well as alternate on the final assembly, test, outfit and delivery. The team has been recognized as the best shipbuilding program in the Navy.
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Virginia-class4.90k An artist rendering of the Virginia-class submarine Illinois (SSN-786), 21 June 2012. USN photo # N-ZZ999-002, illustration by Stan Bailey courtesy of via Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).
Virginia-class296kA 410-ton unit that will be part of the submarine Illinois (SSN-786), broke the ribbon on 24 August 2012 at Newport News Shipbuilding's Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility (SMOF). Photo courtesy of Newport-News-Shipbuilding.
Virginia-class322kSection of future Illinois (SSN-786) moved into new Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility at Newport News Shipbuilding.Photo by Mike Gooding, 13News /
Virginia-class389kThe stern of submarine Illinois (SSN-786) under construction in February 2013. Photo # 11358074283_df96e12c30_o by Chris Oxley,courtesy of Newport-News-Shipbuilding.
Virginia-class226kFirst Lady Michelle Obama observes as Mathew Shilling, an employee of General Dynamics Electric Boat, welds her initials on a metal plate as Electric Boat President Jeffrey Geiger watches during the keel-laying ceremony for the attack submarine Illinois (SSN-786) on 3 June 2014. Obama is the ship's sponsor. USN photo 140602-N-TN558-337 by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason J. Perry, courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat via Robert Hall.
Virginia-class1.09kA panorama of the shipyard shows the bow unit of Illinois (SSN-786) being moved to the sea shuttle (right) 24 June 2014. Illinois is being delivered to the Navy by General Dynamics Electric Boat. Photo # DCS14-839_6K by Chris Oxley / HII, courtesy of
Virginia-class2.06kSubmarine Illinois (SSN-786) reaches another milestone, Pressure Hull Complete, on 16 December 2014, when all hull sections are joined to form a single watertight unit.Photo courtesy of / newport-news-shipbuilding.
Virginia-class174kKeith White uses a heat gun to shrink wrap the bow of the submarine Illinois (SSN-786), July 2015.Photo # 8_DCS14-429-130 by Chris Oxley, courtesy of
Virginia-class599kElectric Boat workers prepare submarine Illinois (SSN-786) for rollout on 24 July 2015.Photo courtesy of / newport-news-shipbuilding.
Virginia-class556kFloat off begins for submarine Illinois (SSN-786) on 7 August 2015.Photo courtesy of / newport-news-shipbuilding.
Virginia-class2.85kSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN-786) on 10 October 2015. During his speech, Mabus spoke about the capabilities of the Virginia-class submarine as well as its namesake. USN photo # 151010-N-AC887-001 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers, courtesy of
Virginia-class510kFirst lady Michelle Obama christens submarine named after her home state of Illinois.Photo courtesy of / newport-news-shipbuilding.
Virginia-class1.24kIllinois (SSN-786) departing for 1st sea sailing on 29 July 2016. USN photo courtesy of via Tommy Trampp.
Virginia-class940kDepending on your location, it is not every day you look out your window and see a nuclear sub like the Illinois (SSN-786) passing by.
Illinois seen here off New London on 1 August 2016.
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Virginia-class441kIllinois (SSN-786) completed its first set of trials 1 August 2016. Photo courtesy of GDEB via
Virginia-class1.86kSailors assigned to Illinois (SSN-786) raise the national ensign aboard the boat during its commissioning ceremony on Naval Submarine Base New London, 29 October, 2016.Photo 161029-N-HI707-238 by Chief Petty Officer Darryl I. Wood via
Virginia-class924kIllinois (SSN-786) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, after completing a change of homeport from Groton, Connecticut, 22 November 2017. Illinois is the 13th Virginia-class nuclear submarine and the 5th Virginia-class submarine homeported in Pearl Harbor.Photo # 71122-N-KV911-0012 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shaun Griffin courtesy of

There is no DANFS History currently available for Illinois (SSN-786) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The VIRGINIA Class America's Next Submarine
The Virginia Class—A New Submarine for the 21st Century
SSN-774 Virginia-class NSSN New Attack Submarine Centurion
Making a Submarine - General Dynamics
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