Commander, Submarine Group Two

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Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor.

USS Missouri Flag Flown at 68th Anniversary of USS Missouri's Launching

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- A flag flown over USS Missouri (SSN 780) will be a part of the 68th anniversary of the USS Missouri's (BB-63) launching and 13th anniversary of the ship's opening as a memorial in Pearl Harbor, Jan. 28.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial will feature numerous special events to commemorate both anniversaries as well as culminate the day's events by remembering the exact time the battleship was officially christened by Margaret Truman at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1944.

"Sixty eight years, and she's still an awe-inspiring beauty thanks in large part to the countless men and women who have volunteered their time to the maintenance and preservation of this historic ship," said Michael A. Carr, the Missouri's president and chief operating officer. "It is fitting that we recognize these volunteers on such a significant day for the Missouri."

Cmdr. Tim Rexrode, USS Missouri's commanding officer reflected on the anniversary and the special tie the battleship has with the Virginia class attack submarine.

"USS Missouri enjoys a special relationship with the Battleship Missouri and we are understandably proud of our common heritage in name as well as shared sponsorship by the great state of Missouri," said Rexrode. "Our Sailors study Mighty Mo's role in history as part of qualifying onboard Missouri and each appreciates the significance of World War II ending on the deck of the battleship Missouri. Our relationship with the Battleship Missouri is best expressed in our ship's motto, 'United We Stand.'"

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 Japan, Sept. 2, 1945, at the end of World War II.