In the United States officially commissioned nuclear submarine “Illinois” (USS Illinois), the construction of which cost $ 2.7 billion. The ceremony of transmission of the Navy, which was attended by first lady Michelle Obama, was held at the military shipyard in the American Groton, Connecticut.
Michelle Obama is considered “the godmother” this submarine as it took part in its naming. It was given the right to give the team on the introduction of submarines into operation, reports TASS.
As noted by the first lady, this submarine became the most modern in the US Arsenal. “It is able to perform any task – from rescue operations to research,” said Obama.
The construction of the “Illinois” was conducted over five years shipbuilding company General Dynamics Electric Boat. Its length is about 115 meters, it can accommodate up to 130 crew members and can carry on Board cruise missiles, long-range “Tomahawk”.
This submarine belongs to the type of multi-purpose submarines of “Virginia” designed to combat enemy submarines at depth, as well as for coastal operations.
Note that Michelle Obama participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of the ship in which it left their initials on small metal parts, subsequently used in the construction of submarines. The first lady also attended the ceremony of launching the “Illinois” on the water: it was given the right to break it on the bow of a bottle of champagne, but she managed to do in only his third attempt.