Be proud, 786 Club Members, your submarine made it’s first surface operation in the Arctic! She is everywhere, carrying out the mission assigned to exercise American diplomacy and presence anywhere needed. See article from Commander, Submarine Forces below.
The ILLINOIS and PASADENA are participating in ICEX2022 which is under the operational control of RDML Rick Seif and VADM Bill Houston, both friends of the 786 Club. The article below also has other links to photos, videos, and stories on the ILLINOIS. This is a joint exercise with the Canadians and UK. It conducts warfare research under the ice and sends a strong signal to Putin that he does not own the oceans below the icepack. It’s quite an honor to have been selected to participate in ICEX 2022.