GROTON, Conn (July 15, 2010) – A Jefferson City, Mo., native is among the crew of the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine, named after the “Show Me State.” Fire Control Technician Second Class (Submarine Warfare) Ryan Thruston 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 Thruston was born in Jefferson City and graduated from Jefferson City High school in 2002. Enlisting in the Navy in December 2002, he completed Basic Recruit Training at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, Ill. followed by Electrician's Mate “A” School and Nuclear Power School in Goose Creek, S.C.. Petty Officer Thruston then attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Fire Control Technician “A” School at Groton, Conn.
Petty Officer Thruston’s first assignment was USS Augusta (SSN 710) from April 2005 until February 2009. While assigned, Augusta completed two deployments and conducted a change of homeport to Norfolk, Va., for decommissioning.
From February 2009 until June 2009, Petty Officer Thruston was assigned to Naval Submarine School, Groton, Conn. During this time he attended Journeyman Networking Core, Network Security, and Virginia Combat Maintenance schools.
Petty Officer Thruston reported in June 2009 to PCU Missouri (SSN 780) as part of Fire Control Division.
Petty Officer Thruston proudly wears the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with Bronze Star, Arctic Service Ribbon, Expert Rifle Marksmanship Medal with Silver "E", and Expert Pistol Marksmanship Medal with Silver "E".
More information on the Missouri and her commissioning ceremony can be found here.