GROTON, Conn (July 15, 2010) – A St. Louis native is among the crew of the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine, named after the “Show Me State.” Machinist’s Mate Second Class Nicholas C. Koblick 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 of the Virginia class of nuclear-powered attack submarines, 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.
Petty Officer Koblick was born in St. Louis, Mo., and lived in the St. Louis area until the age of 14. He is the son of Keldon and Sherri Koblick of Chesterfield, Mo.
Petty Officer Koblick graduated from Riverheads High School, Staunton, Va., in 2003 and returned to the St. Louis area, where he attended Florissant Valley Community College and Lindenwood University until his enlistment in the Navy in June 2006. Petty Officer Koblick completed Basic Recruit Training at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, Ill., followed by Nuclear Field Training in Charleston, S.C.
Petty Officer Koblick reported to PCU Missouri (SSN 780), homeported in Groton, Conn., in January 2009. He is currently assigned to Nuclear Machinery Division.
Petty Officer Koblick proudly wears the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Pistol Ribbon w/Sharpshooter "S".
More information on the Missouri and her commissioning ceremony can be found here.