USS Missouri, SSN 780 Commissioned

Welcome to the fleet, USS Missouri.  The newest submarine of the Virginia class SSN’s, and the most recent US Navy vessel to bear that great name, was commissioned yesterday, July 31st.

From TheDay.com

Groton – The commissioning pennant and American flag were raised on the USS Missouri Saturday, marking the first time in more than three years that a submarine has joined the fleet in a ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base.

It was only the second time in more than a decade that two submarines were commissioned in the same year. Another Virginia-class submarine was commissioned in March in Norfolk, Va.

That is about to change as shipbuilders Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Newport News in Virginia ramp up to build two submarines annually instead of just one, starting next year.

The Virginia-class incorporates several innovations not previously seen in other submarine classes. Instead of a traditional periscope, the class utilizes a pair of telescoping photonics masts located outside the pressure hull. Each mast contains high-resolution cameras, along with light-intensification and infrared sensors, an infrared laser rangefinder, and an integrated Electronic Support Measures (ESM) array. Signals from the masts’ sensors are transmitted through fiber optic data lines through signal processors to the control center. Visual feeds from the masts are displayed on LCD interfaces in the command center. The class also makes use of pump-jet propulsors, which significantly reduces the risks of cavitation, allowing for quieter operations.

USS California will be the first Virginia with the advanced electromagnetic signature reduction system built in, but this will be retrofitted into the other submarines of the class.

More from our own Boston Maggie here:

USS Missouri FaceBook page here

Slide show of Virginia class tech here

USS Missouri, SSN780 arrives at New London, July 2010.


5 Responses to “USS Missouri, SSN 780 Commissioned”

  1. August 1, 2010 at 18:13

    Amazing sometimes to see the new technology. I was at Whidbey Island when the Ohio arrived at Bangor, in 1982. Then it was the most sophisticated boomer ever built. The times are truly a changin’!

  2. 2 ewok40k
    August 2, 2010 at 14:21

    a few of these in the Taiwan straits gonna ruin a invasion anyday…

  3. August 2, 2010 at 15:27

    You betcha! They are amazing boats.

  4. 4 virgil xenophon
    August 8, 2010 at 16:46

    Tim, I full well realize that they name these boats this way only because a) ain’t no mo BBs and these are considered “capital ships” and b) it builds support in Congress from that States’ delegation for funding, etc., but I wished to hell that they would stick to naming them after fish. The old system had a wonderful logic to it–from the naming of oilers, minesweepers and ammunition ships to destroyers. carriers and BBs. I miss the 1000 ship Navy, the capabilities it represented and the tradition that went with it. (Geezer sigh)

    • August 8, 2010 at 18:40

      There’s a LOT of sighing these days VX, by a LOT of us greybeards.

      I’m still trying to come to terms with the “No more BB’s” part, let alone classifying SSBN’s as capital ships.

      The new DDG-1000, the Zumwalt class? That “destroyer” is the same size as the German WWII Pocket Battleship “Graf Spee”. I kid you not.

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