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    Electric Boat has been awarded a contract of more than $13 million for the planning and execution of the 13th Virginia-class attack submarine Illinois, the Department of Defense announced in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Defense Department explained that Electric Boat will perform planning and execution efforts, including long-lead-time material procurement in preparation for the maintenance, repair, alterations, testing and other work on Illinois during its scheduled post-delivery work period.

    Former first lady Michelle Obama christened the Illinois on October 29, 2016, remarking that the submarine is as complicated to operate as a space shuttle.

    The work on the contract will be performed in Groton, Connecticut, and is scheduled to be completed by June 2017, according to the release.

     

    Ex-First Lady Michelle Obama allocated the $2.7 billion for the construction of USS Illinois.

    The USS Illinois is the 13th Virginia-class submarine to be built. The Navy has reportedly ordered 15 more Virginia-class submarines, and 10 of those are currently under construction. The final ship is expected to be delivered to the US Navy in 2014.

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