General Dynamics Christens Submarine Illinois (SSN 786)
Virginia Class. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of
The Saturday morning christening ceremony took place at Electric Boat's
Ray Mabus as the ceremony's principal speaker. First Lady
Michelle Obama is the ship's sponsor and she christened the ship by breaking a bottle of Illinois sparkling wine against the submarine's bow before an audience of approximately 7,500 people.
USS Illinois will be delivered to the
"We are honored to have the First Lady as our sponsor," said Electric Boat President
Jeffrey Geiger. "I'm proud to show her that this submarine is the embodiment of our team, whose innovation, ingenuity and unrelenting work ethic is unmatched."
Virginia-class submarines are among the most effective platforms in the
Electric Boat has established standards of excellence in the design, construction and lifecycle support of