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Illinois Base initiates Operation Dry Dock

Area USSVI Bases have joined us in support of a special fundraising effort to help pay for the much needed hull repairs for the USS Cobia (SS 245), a midwest historical WWII submarine on display at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, in Manitowoc, Wis. The repairs require the boat, which sits in water, to go into drydock for cleaning and repairs. Her last time in drydock was 25 years ago. We have a monumental task ahead of us in obtaining the amount needed for this task. To assist us, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum has set up an automatic donation (as a single donation or as a monthly donations) from the financial institution of your choice. It is an easy way to give! Visit the Maritime Museum's Donation Page for informaton. There is also an opportunity for submarine enthusiasts to join us in future USS Cobia working parties.

Join us at "Red, White and Blues" Festival
Spread the word about this special musical festival open to the public on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at Lyran Park in Rockford, IL. It is free to Active Duty, Veterans & Children. Others pay only $10 advanced, $15 at the gate. Food and beverages are for sale--"no coolers" allowed. The ates open at Noon, with music playing from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information visit The USS Illinois Base has been asked to host a booth--come by and say "Hi" to your fellow submarine veterans.

Calling all qualified submarine sailors!

Come and join fellow sailors in support of today’s submarine force, to honor fellow sub sailors on eternal patrol and to relive your days aboard the subs with others who also cherish these memories.

The United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI’s) USS Illinois Base, named after one of the Navy’s newest Virginia class submarines, is an interesting base. We are a new base (just two years old) that meets strategically on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin. We are one of 162 bases located throughout the country. This local USSVI serves veterans throughout northern Illinois and southwest Wisconsin. Don't let the name USS Illinois Base fool you. We are bi-state submarine veterans group serving one cause—to preserve the history and future of a strong submarine force.

Important Links

Official site of United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.

USSV Charitable Foundation
Official site of United States Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation, Inc. It is the Charitable arm of USSVI of United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.

USS Illinois (SSN-786)
Official Facebook page for crew of submarine USS Illinois

USS Illinois
Website for the USS Illinois Commissioning Committee

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Explore the nation’s most completely restored WWII Submarine. Visit the USS Cobia (SS-245) located in Manitowoc, WI, at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

Submarine Museums
Find a submarine memorial near you.

Naval History and Heritage Command
Official site of Naval History and Heritage Command. View the history of submarines and ships in facts and photos.

Hull Number
Looking for the names of former ship mates?'s mission is to provide a means for shipmates to keep in touch with one another.

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