A civilian commissioning committee is raising funds to benefit the new USS Missouri -- a Virginia class submarine with a crew of 134.
The “Show-Me State” will be represented on the high seas once again.
Earlier this year, Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter announced that a new submarine would be named the USS Missouri.
The last vessel of that name is the now decommissioned battleship where the Japanese surrender ceremony took place in Tokyo Bay to end World War II. Today, it sits as a memorial museum at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu.
Gov. Matt Blunt has announced the creation of a nonprofit organization to raise awareness of the historic USS Missouri and the submarine of the same name. The USS Missouri Commissioning Committee will also raise funds to benefit the submarine and its crew.
The new USS Missouri will be a Virginia class submarine. With a crew of 134, it is the most cutting edge class of submarine used by the Navy.
According to the submarine’s manufacturer, a Virginia class submarine is 377 feet long with a diameter of 34 feet. It can also dive more than 800 feet deep.
Blunt said he hopes the submarine’s commanding officers will visit Missouri.
“It is my desire that as they lead this ship to commissioning and proud service at sea, they will frequent the state of Missouri and share first-hand their experiences, both in the Navy in general and relating to this submarine, with proud and interested Missourians across the state,” Blunt said in a press release.
According to a news release by the commission’s honorary co-chair, U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., the submarine will be the fourth Navy vessel to be named USS Missouri.