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GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The Navy accepted delivery of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th submarine of the Virginia class Aug. 27, early to its contract delivery date. Illinois is the ninth consecutive Virginia-class submarine to deliver early to the Navy. "Illinois' delivery continues the program's success of delivering Virginia-class submarines ahead of schedule and within budget," said Capt. Michael J. Stevens, program manager. "Our plan is to have Illinois out on operations next year, going from construction start to mission --- ready in just over six years." Illinois is the third of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines and the seventh of the class to be delivered to the Navy by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut. Illinois is scheduled to be commissioned Oct. 29 in Groton. The submarine is the second Navy vessel to bear the ...

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