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Gov. Blunt Creates NGO To Support New USS Missouri Submarine

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Governor Matt Blunt has created a non-profit organization designed to raise awareness of the old USS Missouri and also the new Navy submarine which will bear the same name. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

The governor's office says all funds raised through the new NGO will go towards the new ship and her crew.

Jessica Robinson, spokesperson for the governor's office, says the new submarine will be among the Navy's most technologically advanced attack submarines.

The last ship to bear the name USS Missouri was a World War Two battleship which currently rests in Pearl Harbor, where it functions as a museum.

That ship is most famous for being the site of the official Japanese surrender in the second world war.

Blunt announced his plans for the NGO alongside Naval commanders Wednesday. Blunt himself is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and currently serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserves.

The new USS Missouri submarine is scheduled to be launched in 2011.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.

Links:

  • USS Missouri Memorial Website