New Navy Sub Named for Illinois

Apr 13, 2012

The navy has named a new Virginia-class attack submarine the USS Illinois.

The USS Illinois submarine is the second ship named for the Land of Lincoln. Illinois is home to the navy's recruit
training command near Chicago.  It's where all enlisted sailors begin service. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced names for five new submarines Friday. They will be named the USS Illinois, the USS Washington, the USS Colorado, the USS Indiana and the USS South Dakota.

The next-generation submarines have sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements. They can attack with tomahawk missiles.  The submarines weigh 7,800 tons and are 377 feet long.