USS MISSOURI SSN 780
The Missouri (SSN 780) is the seventh Virginia-class submarine and the fifth ship in the United States Navy named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. 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 build contract was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Conn., on August 14, 2003.
September 27, 2008 The keel was laid for the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Missouri at GDEB’s Quonset Point facility in North Kingstown, R.I. Mrs. Rebecca W. Gates, the wife of Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, is the ship's sponsor.
December 5, 2009 PCU Missouri was christened during an 11:00 a.m. EDT ceremony at Electric Boat in Groton. Cmdr. Timothy A. Rexrode is the prospective commanding officer. The ship was launched on Nov. 20.
April 16, 2010 The crew of SSN 780 moved aboard the submarine for the first time on "In Service Day" in Groton, Conn.
July 4, The Missouri returned to Electric Boat shipyard after completing the two-day alpha sea trials.
July 31, USS Missouri was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.
October 18, SSN 780 is currently moored at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit in Port Canaveral for a "shakedown", a series of tests, adjustments and instrument calibrations the submarine is undergoing before it embarks on its first official mission.
January 21, 2011 General Dynamics Electric Boat receives a $44.3 million cost-plus-fixed fee contract modification for the USS Missouri’s Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Work will include long lead time material procurement as well and is scheduled to be complete by January 2012.
August 12, The Virginia-class attack submarine departed dry-dock after various maintenance work and several system upgrades. USS Missouri arrived at Electric Boat shipyard January 25.
December 19, SSN 780 returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after sea trials, successfully completing the PSA one month ahead of schedule.
March 12, 2012 USS Missouri arrived at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., after a four-day transit from the Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center in the Bahamas.
April 20, Cmdr. Michael D. Luckett relieved Cmdr. Timothy A. Rexrode as CO of the Missouri during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at NSB New London.
July 18, USS Missouri recently pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for a routine port call.
April 28, 2013 The Missouri pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a brief stop for personnel transfer after conducting operations off the coast of Florida.
June 18, USS Missouri departed Groton, Conn., for its maiden deployment.
August 8, SSN 780 moored at HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a five-day port call.
September 17, USS Missouri moored at Middle Slip Jetty (MSJ) North in HMNB Portsmouth, England, for a six-day port call.
October 7, The Missouri departed Faslane, Scotland, after a brief port call to participate in at-sea phase of a multinational exercise Joint Warrior 13-2.
December 3, The Virginia-class attack submarine moored again at MSJ North in HMNB Portsmouth for a four-day port call.
December 20, USS Missouri returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after a six-month North Atlantic deployment. The sub also made port call to Haakonsvern, Norway.
March 24, 2014 USS Missouri departed Groton for a surge North Atlantic deployment.
June 8, SSN 780 returned to homeport after an 11-week underway period. Port call to Faslane, Scotland.
August 22, Submarine Group (SUBGRU) 2 was disestablished after 49 years during a ceremony on board the USS Missouri at NSB New London. SUBRON 4, SUBRON 6 and SUBDEVRON 12 will now report directly to Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic.
January 9, 2015 Cmdr. Fraser P. Hudson relieved Cmdr. Michael D. Luckett as the 3rd CO of Missouri during a change-of-command ceremony at NSB New London.
October 30, USS Missouri departed Her Majesty Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, after a routine port call.
January 25, 2016 The Missouri moored at Carrier Pier 4 in Arsenal de Brest, France, for a five-day port visit.
February 12, USS Missouri moored at Pier 6N on NSB New London following a six-month North Atlantic deployment. The sub traveled 37,000 nautical miles and also made port call to Rota, Spain.
May 3, The Missouri moored at Delta 3 Wharf on Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a brief stop to embark guests for a VIP cruise.
November 7, SSN 780 returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after underway for routine operations.
February 27, 2017 A Petty Officer 3rd Class Marcus D. Woods died during an overnight quarterdeck watch, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, on board the USS Missouri at NSB New London.