GROTON, Conn (July 15, 2010) – A Springfield high school graduate is among the crew of the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine, named after the “Show Me State.” Lt. Patrick Donovan 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.
LT Donovan was born in Nebraska and graduated from Parkview High School, Springfield, Mo. In August, 1985, he completed Basic Recruit Training at RTC Great Lakes. Over the next two years he completed the nuclear power pipeline as an Electrician’s Mate.
His enlisted career continued with his assignments to USS Daniel Boone (SSBN 629B), the MARF prototype for Staff Duty, USS Sunfish (SSN 649), USS Alexandria (SSN 757), NSSF New London (R10), and USS Frank Cable (AS 40). Through his enlisted career he advanced to Chief Petty Officer before being commissioned as an officer via the Limited Duty Officer Program.
LT Donovan’s first officer assignment was Assistant Radiological Controls Officer and Planning and Estimating Officer in USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in LaMaddalena Italy. During his tour the Tender was Forward Deployed to Souda Bay Crete in Support of Operations in the Red Sea earning the Global War on Terrorism expeditionary and Service medals.
Continuing his oversea duty LT Donovan took orders as the Assistant Material Officer in the forward deployed Submarine Squadron Twenty Two, supporting deployed submarine maintenance and operations for Northern and European Command assets. During this time LT Donovan also served as the training Officer for a Theater Security Exchange Operation to the Gulf of Guinea, coordinating the training of over 30 Officers from 10 African Nations.
After returning to the United States, LT Donovan served as the Deputy Shipyard representative at Electric Boat Shipyard, supervising the certification of Virginia Class submarines crews as well as coordinating the completion of Depot level maintenance on fleet assets. During this time he attended Thomas Edison state University and Virginia Class Design School.
LT Donovan reported aboard in July 2008 to PCU Missouri (SSN 780), where he serves as the assistant engineer.
LT Donovan proudly wears the Surface Warfare Officer and Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia, Navy Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (8) and other lesser awards.
More information on the Missouri and her commissioning ceremony can be found here.