Michelle Obama to Christen “The Illinois”



Michelle Obama, U.S. First Lady, who participated in the initial keel laying of the Illinois in 2014, will be among the top officials to join General Dynamics Electric Boat for the christening ceremony of the 3 billion dollar submarine “ Illinois”.  The prestigious ceremony is to happen on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

General Dynamics Electric Boat and their construction partner Newport News Shipbuilding, have delivered 12 Virginia-class submarines and this would be the 13th of the Virginia class nuclear-powered submarines of the US Navy designed for the post-cold war era.  The special features include broad spectrum combat operations, equipped to wage multi-dimensional warfare around the globe.  They will replace the older Los Angeles-class submarines.

General Dynamics is one of the world’s largest defense contractors based in Virginia.  The company focuses on post-Cold War era defense consolidation.  Nine more such submarines are to be constructed by them.

Source: UPI