USS Mississippi Arrives in Pascagoula

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Hundreds of people cheered the arrival of the Navy's newest attack submarine USS Mississippi to
Pascagoula.

The 377-foot Virginia-class submarine arrived just before 11 a.m. Friday. It will be commissioned June 2. Ship commissioning is an act that places a ship into active service.

The submarine was christened at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., Dec. 3, and has been through sea trials.

The submarine will be assigned to Submarine Group Two.

With a crew of about 130 officer and sailors, the submarine carries torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles, and can be configured to carry Navy SEALs.

Electric Boat and its major subcontractor, Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News, have received contracts to build the first 18 submarines of a planned 30-ship Virginia Class.