Pearl Harbor welcomes USS Illinois to new homeport

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Illinois (SSN 786) conducts sea trials. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat

COMSUBPAC Public Affairs

Newly commissioned Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Illinois (SSN 786) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Nov. 22 for a permanent change of homeport.

Illinois was commissioned and christened by the ship’s sponsor, former First Lady Michelle Obama, during a ceremony at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, Oct. 29, 2016.

Family members of the crew have started relocating to JBPHH and the crew arrived just in time for Thanksgiving.

The Virginia-class, also known as the VA-class or 774 class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines in service with the U.S. Navy. The submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Sea-wolf-class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era, and are replacing older Los Angeles-class submarines, 20 of which have already been decommissioned. Illinois will be the fifth Virginia-class submarine homeported at JBPHH.

Illinois measures 377 feet in length, displaces 7,800 tons and has speeds upwards of 25+ knots. She is capable of attacking targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and can conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces.

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