46. VIDEO: Inside the USS Illinois with Captain Jesse Porter

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Commanding Officer CDR Jesse Porter of the new $2.8 billion USS Illinois (786) nuclear submarine currently under construction in Groton, Ct. will return to Chicagoland on April 2nd.

USS Illinois SSN 786 Commanding Officer CDR Jesse Porter - Photo by Gus Goetze
USS Illinois Commanding Officer CDR Jesse Porter – Photo by Gus Goetze

His visit to Barrington for a USS Illinois Commissioning Committee fundraiser at Wickstrom Auto Group earlier this month raised over $20,000 to support the Navy submarine’s commissioning, its crew and their families.

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Captain Porter will be back next week for a luncheon at Chicago’s Union League Club to recognize Christopher Durdle, the Monmouth Roseville High School senior who recently won the ship’s crest art contest out of 149 students who submitted designs from around Illinois.

Post - USS Illinois SSN 786 Crest Art ContestWhen he was in Barrington for a February 5th Wickstrom Auto Group event hosted by three local volunteers on the USS Illinois Commissioning Committe, 365Barrington.com reporter James Owen interviewed Captain Porter on camera to learn more about the submarine, its crew and what life will be like on board the USS Illinois.

The USS Illinois (SSN-786) is the 13th Virginia Class nuclear submarine and is currently under construction at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Ct. She is only the second U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned with the name “USS Illinois” since a battleship with that name was commissioned in 1897. It is expected to be launched in mid-2015 and commissioned in December 2015.

USS Illinois & Crew
USS Illinois & Crew

After the submarine’s commissioning, the USS Illinois (SSN 786) will gather intelligence, deploy special forces and attack land targets. Called the most technologically sophisticated ship under the seas, the Virginia Class submarine will be equipped to combat rapidly emerging 21st Century threats with “massive firepower, cutting edge intelligence capabilities and and a revolutionary deck design,”according to USSIllinois.org.  The submarine is under construction now to be launched in mid-2015 and commissioned in December of this year.  To learn more, visit USSIllinois.org.

Virginia Class Submarine
Virginia Class Submarine

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Hi guys! Today we'll be checking out some star-crossed lovers! 💔

No, **not** Romeo and Juliet! I mean first of all, the story of 牛郎织女 -- niú láng zhī nv -- dates back to at least the Jin Dynasty -- 250-420 AD 😱. Take that, Shakespeare! Also, Romeo and Juliet may be tragically "star-crossed," but, as the story goes, Niu Lang and Zhi Nu literally *are* stars -- on opposite ends of the Milky Way 😦.

Let's rewind. Zhi Nu is the youngest daughter of the Queen Mother of the West and the Jade Emperor (Hey -- we know who those people are! 😁).

Meanwhile, Niu Lang was a poor. sad, unloved cowherd. As many versions of the story go, though, the cow was magical -- which is never a bad thing 😂. The cow led Niu Lang to steal the clothes of a girl bathing with her sisters in a river.

As questionable as a method as that may seem, it worked! Zhi Nu and Niu Lang were married and had children ❤️.

But there's always a but. And this story's "but" is that the Queen Mother was not happy with this union. Niu Lang had a magical coat (that's another story), and when the Queen Mother tried to separate them, he flew up to try to join Zhi Nu in the heavens.

Unfortunately, the Queen Mother wasn't having it, and she separated the two with a river in the sky, only allowing them to meet on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar -- "Chinese Valentine's Day."

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