The US Navy has commissioned USS Missouri, the seventh ship of the Virginia Class combatant ships at Naval Submarine Base New London.
Missouri is designed for missions such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, irregular warfare, and mine warfare missions.
The 377ft-long 7,800t submarine displays five of the six navy maritime strategy core capabilities that include sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.
The submarine has a nuclear reactor plant that will not require refuelling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs and increasing underway time.
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General Dynamics Electric Boat has delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN-780) to the US Navy in a period of 65 months and 8% under target cost.