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Nuclear submarine naming ceremony to be held on 5th December

General Dynamics : 02 December, 2009  (New Product)
The Missouri will be named at a ceremony in Groton Shipyard on Friday
General Dynamics Electric Boat will christen Missouri (SSN-780), the US Navy's newest and most advanced nuclear attack submarine, at a ceremony at its Groton shipyard on Saturday, December 5th, at 11 am. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

Mrs Rebecca Gates is the ship's sponsor. She is the wife of Secretary of Defence Robert Gates. The event's principal speaker is US Senator Claire McCaskill. Commander Timothy Rexrode, a 1990 honours graduate of West Virginia University, is the ship's commanding officer.

The Missouri is the seventh ship of the Virginia Class, the first US Navy combatant designed for the post-Cold War era. Unobtrusive, non-provocative and connected with land, air, sea and space-based assets, Missouri and the other Virginia-class submarines are equipped to wage multi-dimensional warfare around the globe, providing the US Navy with continued dominance in coastal waters and the open ocean.

With its construction partner Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, the company has contracts to build a total of 18 Virginia-class ships; 30 ships are planned altogether.
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