GROTON, Conn (July 15, 2010) – A Joplin, Mo., native is among the crew of the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine, named after the “Show Me State.” Electronics Technician First Class (Submarine Warfare) John M. Tyhurst 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 Tyhurst was born in Joplin and graduated from Houston Learning Academy, Houston, Texas. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy as a Submarine Navigation Electronics Technician. After completing the “A” school pipeline at Naval Submarine School New London, he reported to USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) homeported in Groton, Conn., in August 2001. While onboard Albuquerque, he earned his Enlisted Submarine Warfare pin, completed an Engineered Refueling Overhaul, supported Carrier Strike Group Operations and completed a 6-month Mediterranean deployment.
In March 2006, Petty Officer Tyhurst reported to the Center for Information Dominance Learning Site, Groton. He served as an Instructor, teaching courses such as Network Securities and Vulnerabilities Technician, Advanced Network Administrator and Electronic Key Management System.
In April 2009, Petty Officer Tyhurst reported to PCU Missouri (SSN 780), where he currently serves as the Local Area Network (LAN) Division Leading Petty Officer.
Petty Officer Tyhurst has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 Awards) and various other campaign awards.
Petty Officer Tyhurst is married to the former Catherine Flynn of New Fairfield, Connecticut. The couple have two children.
More information on the Missouri and her commissioning ceremony can be found here.