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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Virginia Class (Block III) Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 2 June 2014 - Launched 8 August 2015
    Christening 10 October 2015

    Commissioned 29 October 2016

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Illinois SSN-786 Covers Page 1     (2014-2016)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Pictorial Postmark

"Christening /

Groton CT

10 October 2015

Christening, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Pictorial Postmark

"Commissioning /

Groton CT

29 October 2016

Commissioning, cachet by the USS North Carolina Chapter No. 99, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the 21st state, ILLINOIS.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name ILLINOIS - USS Illinois (1864 screw sloop-of-war), USS Illinois BB-15, USS Illinois BB-65 (Keel Laid, cancelled before launched)
and USS Illinois SSN-786.

The ships sponsor is First Lady Michelle Obama, wife of President Barack Obama.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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