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USS Missouri on First Deployment!

U.S.S. Missouri heading out for sea.
Photo by General Dynamics Electric Boat

Good News and Bad News from Groton…

First the good news, the U.S.S. Missouri (SSN-780) will deploy on her first operational deployment. She has advanced in her training to the point that the Navy moved up her deployment to this month and she is anticipated to be out for approximately six months. Her operational readiness is due in no small part to the hard work of the crew and the leadership of command. We wish her all the best and smooth sailing. Please keep Commander Luckett and all his crew in your thoughts and prayers.

Now for the Bad News, Commander Jennifer Cragg is leaving her billet as Public Affairs Officer for SubRon2 and has been reassigned to the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). We want to wish her all the best. (See Ed’s Editorial Below).

Constructed: 18-20 June 2013
Placed on Display: 21 June 2013

Coins and patch purchased from the ship’s Emblematics Custodian, ET2(SS) Steven Hall.

Ship’s Commissioning Program donated by
Clifton D. Gray III from Plainfield, IL.

Shadow box commissioned and donated by
VADM Michelle J. Howard, Missouri House resident from 23 October 2012 to 1 July 2013.

U.S.S. Missouri (SSN-780) 'finds' housing at Norfolk
Navy Base

Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, wanted to remember her stay at the “Missouri House” during her recent tenure as the DC for USFFC. Commander Tim Rexrode, former Captain of the U.S.S. Missouri (SSN-780) contacted Ward Cook, U.S.S. Missouri Commissioning Committee to assist Admiral Howard’s staff in locating some mementos for the Missouri House…after talking to Captain Mike Badorf, Executive Assistant to VADM Howard, it was determined that what they needed was copy of the U.S.S. Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Program. Clifton D. Gray of Plainfield, Illinois very graciously donated his copy of the Commissioning Program for the Admiral’s memento (See following picture – courtesy of Capt. Badorf).

USS Missouri Galley Artwork Designer Visits Boat

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Jeffrey Goddard, a graphic designer from Toronto, Canada visited the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) March 30, where his artwork is featured in the boat's galley.

The "Mo' Blues & BBQ" logo is prominently displayed at the start of the food line as well as on all the shirts of the culinary specialists who work in the Virginia-class submarine's galley.

"It's a hobby and I really enjoy it," said Goddard. "The U.S. Navy is so generous, you call someone and they try to help out. I'm really impressed."

To read the entire article Click Here. Redistributed with permission.

USS Missouri Changes Commanders

USS Missouri Change of Command Ceremony held on April 20, 2012.
Photo by U.S. Navy.

GROTON, Conn. - Virginia-Class attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780), held a change of command ceremony aboard the submarine at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton April 20.

Cmdr. Mike Luckett relieved Cmdr. Tim Rexrode during the time-honored ceremony.

"Today is about the Missouri officers and crew because they are the ones actually did everything over the past three years," said Rexrode. "The Submarine Force gave me the opportunity to lead a tremendously talented wardroom and crew - one that I think is the very best."

To read the entire article Click Here.

Commander Mike Luckett - Biography

USS Missouri SSN-780 undocking from Electric Boat 12 August 2011
Photo by U.S. Navy.

Cmdr. Luckett, from Banning, California, graduated with distinction from United States Naval Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture.

At sea, Luckett has served as a Division Officer onboard USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), home ported in San Diego, California; as Engineer Officer of USS Houston (SSN 713), home ported in Bremerton, Washington and Apra Harbor, Guam; as Executive Officer of USS Pennsylvania (Gold) (SSBN 735) home ported in Bangor, Washington; and as Commanding Officer of USS Missouri (SSN 780), home ported in Groton, CT, since April 2012.

To read the entire article Click Here.

USS Missouri Upgraded

USS Missouri SSN-780 undocking from Electric Boat 12 August 2011
Photo by U.S. Navy.

U.S.S. Missouri has completed a six-month overhaul and upgrade of many weapons systems. The upgrades were performed at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut. As one crew member stated, "it was nice to be home for a while."

"The undocking is important because it represents not only a key event to our schedule but a key event in shifting our mindset back to being afloat. There is much more work to do between now and delivery," said Cmdr. Timothy Rexrode, the commanding officer of Missouri.

From a Navy Press Release - Submarine Group Two

USS Missouri Completes PSA and Extended Modernization Ahead of Schedule

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The crew of USS Missouri (SSN 780) and General Dynamics Electric Boat accomplished two major milestones, a first for the Virginia-class submarine program, by completing the submarine's post-shakedown availability (PSA) sea trials and extended modernization Jan. 6, a month ahead of schedule.

To read the entire article Click Here.

Eight USS Missouri Sailors provide disaster assistance in Joplin Tornado response!

Governor Jeremiah "Jay " Nixon with the volunteer group from the U.S.S. Missouri in Joplin, June 2011. Photo courtesy of Mike Shea.

The eight USS Missouri (SSN 780) Sailors took voluntary leave to assist their namesake state returned to Groton June 8, 2011.

To officially thank them for their service, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and several city council members met the Sailors at the Kansas City International Airport to thank them for their efforts to assist the residents of Joplin.

To read the entire article Click Here.

Ed's Editorial

This note is from you website editor, Edward S. Gray, Secretary, U.S.S. Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee.

As you go through life, you meet and/or come into contact with people who always come through for you. Commander Jennifer Cragg is one those “beautiful” people that although you have never met, you will always remember her professionalism and her ‘can-do’ attitude that makes our Navy work. Over the past three years, she has always been of great assistance to the Commissioning Committee and has graciously allowed her press releases to be used on this website. For that, we will always be grateful. As her phone message said…’I hope you have a great NAVY day.’….I hope and pray that she has a lot of great NAVY days ahead of her.

We would also like to wish VADM Howard all the best in her future endeavors and would like to remind anyone who served on any of the Missouri(s), they may have moved on, but they are not forgotten. Family is family! Ed

The Commissioning Committee offers information about the development of the USS Missouri, as well as history on former Navy ships named for the Show Me State. Individuals can make secure donations via Paypal and purchase USS Missouri memorabilia, with all proceeds from these sales supporting the USS Missouri.

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