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SSN 780 Missouri

The Office of the Secretary of the Navy announced that the seventh Virginia-class submarine would bear the name USS Missouri. "I am absolutely thrilled that another "Mighty Mo" will be joining the Navy's fleet, this time in the silent service." said the Secretary of the Navy, Donald Winter.

Once completed, the newest Missouri will have enhanced stealth capabilities, improved communications connectivity and the ability to track targets many miles inland with higly accurate missiles. Virginia class attack submarines are more than 25 percent longer than a football field. Unlike her predecessor, Missouri will not need to refuel for approximately 30 years, reducing operating costs while increasing the tim eit can spend beneath the surface.

Missouri is the latest in a long line of illustrious warships to carry the name of this great state. The first USS Missouri was a steam/sail warship commissioned in 1842, only 21 years after Missouri was admitted into the union. In the midst of the Civil War, the Confederate Navy commissioned a paddle-wheel ironclad named CSS Missouri that served as a minelayer and troop transport. It was captured by the union in 1865, but never commissioned by the U.S. Navy.

The next Missouri (BB 11), commissioned in 1903, was part of President Theodore Roosevelt's "Great White Fleet" and was in active service during World War I. The famous USS Missouri (BB 63) was commissioned in 1944, known as the "Mighty Mo." Most remembered for hosting the Japanese surrender ceremony that ended World War II.

Jefferson City, Mo. Governor Matt Blunt announced the creation of the USS Missouri Commissioning Committee, a non-profit organization designed to raise awareness of the proud history of the battleship and the new submarine. "It is a tremendous honor to hav ethis new submarine named after the state of Missouri, and it will serve as a constant reminder of the deep respect and admiration that the citizens of our state have for the military." said Gov. Blunt. Executive committee members of the Commissioning Committee include: Sen. Kit Bond, Rep. Ike Skelton, Sam Bushman, Harry Otto, John Sheehan, Duane Schreimann, Mike Kehoe, Thish Vincent and Adam Gresham. All funds raised will benefit the ship and her crew. Commander Dale Green currently served as commanding officer of the USS Missouri.

The ship is scheduled to be commissioned in the fall of 2010.

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