In a sign of solidarity, the commanding officer and crew aboard Virginia-class attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) sent their prayers and condolences to the people of Missouri following a tornado that ripped through the city of Joplin, Mo., May 22.
“The officers and crew of USS Missouri extend their support and condolences to the people of Missouri in response to the tornado devastation in Joplin,” said Cmdr. Timothy Rexrode, Missouri’s commanding officer, who leads a crew of 134 officers and enlisted personnel. “The people of Missouri are tremendous supporters of the ship and the U.S. military. In this time of crisis we extend our thoughts and prayers.”
Missouri is the fifth Navy ship to be named in honor of the people of the “Show Me State.”
Source: navy, May 26, 2011