The USS Mississippi (SSN-782) was christened on December 3, 2011, in
The ship’s sponsor, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ship programs, Allison Stiller, stated as she smashed the bottle of champagne, “I endow her with my tenacity, compassion, and love of family and friends.”
The naming of Mississippi recognizes the state’s long-standing tradition of shipbuilding in support of our nation’s defense. It also honors the spirit of the people of Mississippi who have made great strides in recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Construction on the USS Mississippi began in February 2007. The submarine is 377 feet long and 34 feet in diameter. The Virginia class is billed as the Navy’s “next generation” of attack sub. The fifth US Navy vessel to be named the USS Mississippi will be commissioned June 2, 2012, in Pascagoula.
The Meridian Area Navy League is pleased to offer a commemorative coin celebrating the commissioning of the USS Mississippi, a Virginia-class attack submarine, and to help raise funds for the commissioning ceremony and anticipated week of festivities.
The USS Mississippi Commissioning Committee was formed from volunteers from all over the state and led by the Navy League of the United States, Meridian Area Council to help honor Mississippi’s newest namesake ship. The Navy League of the United States is a 501(c)(3) corporation and monetary gifts to the commission are tax deductible when made through the Navy League of the United States and designated for the USS Mississippi Commissioning.
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