General Dynamics Electric Boat christened the USS Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th nuclear powered attack submarine of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class.
USS Illinois will be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2016.
In addition to anti-submarine, anti-surface ship and counter-mine warfare, USS Illinois will support surveillance, special operations and covert strike missions.
The 7,835 tons submarine is armed with Raytheon BGM-109 Tomahawk missiles and Raytheon IDS Mk 48 Mod 6AT heavyweight torpedoes. Special operations forces and unmanned undersea vehicles can be embarked.