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NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Quonset was abuzz on Monday with local, state and national officials as the first lady Michelle Obama swung into town to inaugurate the keel laying for the SSN-786 Illinois, a Virginia-Class submarine currently being built at Electric Boat. The 377-foot long vessel was hailed as the pinnacle of current submarine design, and is equipped with the latest technology for open and covert warfare operations.
â€śQuonset has applied unique technologies and the skills of its workforce to continuously advance the industry standard,â€ť said Jeffrey S. Geiger, president of Electric Boat, in his opening statement. â€śIt has been an amazing story.â€ť