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Missouri (SSN-780)


Virginia Class Attack Submarine: Named USS Missouri (SSN-780) on 30 January 2009; Construction began in December 2004 at Electric Boat Corporation, Groton, Conn. Keel Authentication Ceremony, 27 September 2008 at Quonset Point, RI. Christened on 5 December 2009. Commissioned on 31 July 2010.

Specifications:Power Plant: One S9G pressurized water reactor, 29.84MW (40,000hp), one shaft with pumpjet propulsor, Improved Performance Machinery Program Phase III one secondary propulsion submerged motor. Displacement, 7,800 tons submerged. Length: 377 feet. Draft: 32 feet. Beam: 34 feet. Speed: 25+ knots submerged. Depth: Greater than 800 feet. Horizontal Tubes: Four 21" Torpedo Tubes, Vertical Tubes: 12 Vertical Launch System Tubes, Weapons: 38 weapons, including: Vertical Launch System Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, Mk 48 ADCAP Heavyweight Torpedoes, Advanced Mobile Mines, Unmanned Undersea Vehicles, Special Warfare: Dry Deck Shelter. Advanced SEAL Delivery System. Sonars: Spherical active/passive arrays. Light Weight Wide Aperture Arrays. TB-16, TB-29, and future towed arrays. High-frequency chin and sail arrays. Countermeasures: 1 internal launcher (reloadable 2-barrel) 14 external launchers. Crew: 113 officers and men.


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Missouri21kMissouri (SSN-780) under construction, June 2008.Photo courtesy of nn.northropgrumman.com.
Missouri403kMissouri's (SSN-780) sail under construction.Photo # NNS080131-05 courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Missouri51kAn overall view of the Missouri (SSN-780) keel-laying ceremony at Quonset Point. At the podium is U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.Photo courtesy of gdeb.com.
Missouri459kCDR Timothy A. Rexrode. Rexrode is a native of Spencer, West Virginia and graduated with honors from West Virginia University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School. At sea, CDR Rexrode served as Division Officer onboard Gato (SSN 615), homeported in Groton, Connecticut, Engineer Officer onboard Olympia (SSN-717) homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Executive Officer onboard City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) homeported in Guam. Additionally, he served as Submarine Liaison Officer to Commander, Destroyer Squadron SEVEN, embarked on Constellation (CV-64). Ashore, CDR Rexrode has served in the Joint Interoperability and Training Directorate (J-7) of the Joint Staff, as Flag Aide to the Director, Test, Evaluation and Technology Requirements in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Material and Logistics (N-4) for Commander, Submarine Group SEVEN and in the future operations and nuclear operations divisions of the Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike at United States Strategic Command. CDR Rexrode is a distinguished graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, holding as Master’s in Military Studies, and holds a Master’s of Arts in Administration from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College. CDR Rexrode assumed command of Missouri (SSN-780) on 10 July 2009. CDR Rexrode has been awarded the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in addition to various unit and personal awards. Photo courtesy Bill Gonyo.
Missouri561kCaesar De Sanpo Sr. welds the initials of Mrs. Rebecca W. Gates, left, into the keel of PCU Missouri (SSN-780) as Electric Boat president John Casey looks on at the sub's keel-laying ceremony at Electric Boats Quonset Point facility in North Kingstown R.I. on 27 September 2009. Mrs. Gates, the wife of U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, has been named the ship's sponsor. USN photo # N-8467N-001 courtesy of news.navy.mil. by John Narewsk via Ron Reeves.
Missouri40kAt the conclusion of the keel-laying ceremony, Electric Boat President John Casey, Missouri (SSN-780) Ship Sponsor Rebecca Gates, and Quonset Point welder Caesar DeSanto gather round a steel plate with Mrs. Gates' welded initials. The plate will be affixed in the submarine Missouri.Photo courtesy of gdeb.com.
Missouri246kMissouri (SSN-780) Builders Plate from GDEB. Photo by Clif Gray courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri76kMissouri (SSN-780) sits outside catching a breath of fresh air.Photo courtesy of connectmidmissouri.com.
Missouri197kThe Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus stands underneath the hull of the attack submarine Missouri (SSN-780) while touring General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton on 23 September 2009. USN photo # N-5549O-161 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Missouri915kRebecca Gates breaks a bottle of champagne on the sail of the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioing Unit (PCU) Missouri (SSN-780) during a christening ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. on 5 December 2009. USN photo # N-5549O-125 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Missouri370kThe Pre-Commissioing Unit (PCU) Missouri (SSN-780) is christened during a ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. USN photo # N-3090M-078 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Missouri662kCrewmember’s gather in front of the nearly completed Missouri (SSN-780) on 30 March 2010 as she sits in dry-dock in Groton CT. She is scheduled to be commissioned on 31 July, 2010.Photo # DSC 2364 courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Missouri343kSailors assigned to the attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit Missouri (SSN-780) raise the national ensign aboard the boat for the first time at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. on 16 April 2010. Missouri will be commissioned 31 July. USN photo # N-5188B-010 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Missouri471k Line handlers aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Missouri (SSN-780) loosen the bolts on the retractable cleats as the ship makes final preparations to conduct sea trials on 2 July 2010. USN photo # N-3090M-110 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers via Stephen Gower.
Missouri411kThe Pre-Commissioning Unit Missouri transits the Thames River to conduct sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean on 2 July 2010. USN photo # N-8467N-002 by John Narewski, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Missouri591kThe tugboat Patrica Ann pushes the Pre-Commissioning Unit Missouri out for sea trials while a Coast Guard Skiff rides shotgun on 2 July 2010.General Dynamics Electric Boat courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri428kBow on view of the Pre-Commissioning Unit Missouri on her way to the Atlantic on 2 July 2010. General Dynamics Electric Boat photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri965kMissouri silhouetted by the sun on her way to the Atlantic on 2 July 2010. General Dynamics Electric Boat photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri753kThe boat makes her way past Ledge Light lighthouse at the mouth of the Thames River in Groton to the Atlantic on 2 July 2010. General Dynamics Electric Boat photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri850k Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Missouri (SSN-780) prepares to conduct sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean. USN photo # N-3090M-110 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers via Stephen Gower.
Missouri518k Missouri (SSN-780) prepares to moor at Naval Submarine Base New London for the first time on 22 July. Missouri will be commissioned there 31 July. USN photo # N-3090M-365 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers via Stephen Gower.
Missouri1.3kMissouri (SSN-780) Pamphlets at the Salute to the Missouri Gala at Naval Submarine Base New London on 30 July 2010. USN photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri787kAll the Missouri's appear here as SAR Charles Lily presents this special painting at the Salute to the Missouri Gala 30 July, 2010.Photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri797kShip Sponsor Becky Gates presenting her gift at the Salute to the Missouri Gala 30 July, 2010.Photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri567kPainting of the battleship Missouri (BB-63) and current Missouri (SSN-780) by James Daniel Dyke. Photo # DSCN0920 courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri715kCO Rexrode presenting special print to Chairman Bushman at the Salute to the Missouri Gala 30 July, 2010.Photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri679kCommission Rehearsal, 30 July 2010.Photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri803kPlank Owner's Certification from GDEB at the Salute to the Missouri Gala 30 July, 2010.Photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri950kSilver Service from Missouri BB-11 at the Salute to the Missouri Gala 30 July, 2010.Photo courtesy of Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri315kMissouri (SSN-780) dedication plaque at the Salute to the Missouri Gala 30 July, 2010.Photo courtesy of Clif Gray via Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri730kCaptain Robert B. Fredrickson, USN (Ret.) beams as he holds the Honorary Plank Owner certificate of the Missouri (SSN-780) at the Salute to the Missouri Gala 30 July, 2010.Photo courtesy of Clif Gray via Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri425kThe crew of Pre-Commissioning Unit Missouri (SSN-780) practices boarding the ship to “bring it to life” during a commissioning ceremony rehearsal on the pier at Naval Submarine Base New London. The submarine’s sponsor, Mrs. Becky Gates, will officially bring the ship to life during the ceremony 31 July 2010. USN photo # N-3090M-003 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers via Stephen Gower.
Missouri401kSailors man the rails and bring the ship to life during the commissioning ceremony for the attack submarine Missouri (SSN-780) at Naval Submarine Base New London on 31 July 2010. USN photo # N-8273J-221 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst via Stephen Gower.
Missouri183kFirst day cover marking the commissioning of the Missouri (SSN-780) 31 July, 2010.Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Missouri459kChairman Bushman and the MVE and DOC Staff at the DOC-MVE Flag Dedication 24 Novemeber 2010.Photo courtesy of Clif Gray via Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri345kDirector Lombardi showing the staff the Plank Owners Plaque at the DOC-MVE Flag Dedication 24 Novemeber 2010.Photo courtesy of Clif Gray via Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri303kThe Flag Case at the DOC-MVE Flag Dedication 24 Novemeber 2010.Photo courtesy of Clif Gray via Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri108kPhotonic Mast (aka Periscope view) Photo courtesy of Clif Gray via Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri369kWard Room Display 6 November 2010. Photo by Harry Otto via Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.
Missouri146kEven the Ward Room Crockery has dolphins.Photo courtesy of Clif Gray via Edward S. Gray, Secretary, Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.

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