US Navy Commissions USS Missouri

3 August 2010 (Last Updated August 3rd, 2010 18:30)

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, irre

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.

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.