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USS Illinois

Four ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Illinois in honor of the 21st state.

The first USS Illinois (sloop)[?], a screw sloop-of war, was laid down but never completed.

The second USS Illinois (BB-7), lead ship of her class[?] of battleship, served for over half a century and was eventually renamed Prairie State.

The third USS Illinois was a diesel-powered trawler acquired by the Navy, renamed USS Albatross (AM-71)[?], and employed as a minesweeper.

The third USS Illinois (BB-65), would have been a Iowa-class battleship[?], if her construction had not been cancelled before she was launched.



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