Skelton will be keynote speaker for July commissioning of USS Missouri
By: Press Office of U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton
Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 22, 2010) — Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) announced today that he will be the keynote speaker at the commissioning of the USS Missouri(SSN 780), the U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia Class attack submarine. The commissioning ceremony will take place in Groton, Connecticut, on July 31.
“The Secretary of the Navy invited me to deliver the keynote address at the commissioning of the new USS Missouri, and I was delighted to accept. As a Missourian and as the son of a U.S. Navy sailor who served aboard the USS Missouri battleship during World War I, I am excited to be a witness when the new USS Missouri officially joins the Navy’s fleet as part of the ‘silent service.’
“The name Missouri has a distinguished naval history. When this new submarine is commissioned in July, I know that many Missourians will attend the ceremonies to pay tribute to the latest American warship named after our state and to the sailors who will bring the submarine to life. I am confident that the sailors who will serve on the submarine USS Missouri will make us proud as they write a new chapter in naval history.”
Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at www.house.gov/skelton.