(SSN-782: displacement 7,800; length 377'; beam 33'; draft 32'; speed 30 knots; complement 132; armament Mk 48 Advanced Capability (AdCap) upgrade torpedoes, 12 Vertical Launch System (VLS) tubes for UGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles, and Advanced Mobile Mines; class Virginia)
The first Mississippi was named for the Mississippi River; the succeeding ships for the 20th State, admitted to the Union on 10 December 1817.
Mississippi (SSN-782),the name selection announced by Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter on 30 January 2008, was laid down on 9 June 2010 at Groton, Conn., by Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics; launched on 13 October 2011; sponsored by Mrs. Allison F. Stiller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs; and commissioned on 2 June 2012 at Pascagoula, Miss., Cmdr. John P. McGrath in command.
The attack submarine’s crest centers on an alligator, the official state reptile of Mississippi. The alligator’s ability to prowl silently while scanning for prey both underwater and ashore embodies many capabilities similar to those provided by the Submarine Force. The sea grass on the bottom of the crest represents the muddy waters of the Mississippi River, as well as the littoral seas in which submarines often operate. A map of Mississippi represents the boat’s close ties to the state for which she is named. The Mississippi state motto, Virtute et Armis, meaning “By Valor and Arms,” appears prominently under the submarine’s name. The five stars on the map symbolize that SSN 782 is the fifth Navy ship to be named Mississippi. The shades of blue in the crest are taken from the Navy working uniforms to tie the crest’s design more closely to Mississippi’s naval heritage.
Cmdr. Tory J. Swanson relieved Cmdr. McGrath as the commanding officer on 10 May 2013. Mississippi operates out of Groton, Conn.
Detailed history under construction.
Last reviewed: 12/3/13
Mark L. Evans