The most advanced U.S. nuclear-powered attack submarine returned from it’s maiden voyage this week.
The Missouri, SSN-780 is the seventh ship of the Virginia Class, the most capable class of attack submarines ever built. Its open sea trials included a wide range of submarine and propulsion-plant operations. With high speed runs both above and below water, it proved itself fully mission ready.
The sea trials were directed by U.S. Navy Adm. Kirkland Donald, director – Naval Nuclear Propulsion. Also participating in the sea trials were Rear Adm. William Hilarides, program executive officer – Submarines; Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, commander – Submarine Group Two; Capt. Leslie Elkin, supervisor of shipbuilding in Groton; and John P. Casey, president of Electric Boat. Missouri is commanded by Cmdr. Timothy A. Rexrode.
“The crew and shipbuilders worked together seamlessly to take this submarine to sea and put it through its paces. It was a superb effort by everyone involved, and reflects the commitment of the Navy/industry team to sustain the success of the Virginia-class submarine program,” said Electric Boat President John P. Casey.