Commander, Submarine Group Two


GROTON, Conn (July 15, 2010) – A Green Ridge High School graduate is among the crew of the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine, named after the “Show Me State.” Sonar Technician Seaman Benjamin A. Bowers will be aboard July 31, when Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Missouri (SSN 780) is commissioned into the U.S. Navy fleet at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

The seventh submarine of the Virginia class, Missouri is the fifth Navy ship to be named in honor of the people of the "Show Me State."  The last USS Missouri, the legendary battleship, was the site where Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and many other U.S. and Allied officers accepted the unconditional surrender of the Japanese at the end of World War II on Sept. 2, 1945.

Seaman Bowers was born in Cottage Grove, Oregon and graduated from Green Ridge High School, Green Ridge, Mo., in 2007.  Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy in March 2008.  Seaman Bowers completed Basic Recruit Training at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, Illinois followed by Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, Conn., and Sonar Technician ‘A’ School in Groton.

Seaman Bowers reported in April 2009 to PCU Missouri (SSN 780) as a basic sonar operator.

Seaman Bowers proudly wears the National Defense Medal and the Global War On Terrorism Medal.

More information on the Missouri and her commissioning ceremony can be found here.