GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Mississippi (SSN 782) ship's sponsor visited with the commanding officer and crew, Aug. 18.
"I'm truly honored to spend time with the fine crew of the Mississippi here on the deckplates of our boat," said Allison F. Stiller. "It is such a privilege to meet with them and to see the progress that has been made to complete this mighty warship. I'm so proud of the crew and how they are working side-by-side with the workforce at Electric Boat to bring Mississippi to life."
Stiller is the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ships.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for the boat and her crew to host Ms. Stiller and apprise her of the boat's progress," said Cmdr. John McGrath, Mississippi's commanding officer.
Upon completion and commissioning, Mississippi, the fifth Navy vessel to carry the name of the Magnolia State, will join the other Virginia-class submarines as flexible, multi-mission platforms designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the Submarine Force: anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; special operations forces; strike; irregular warfare; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and mine warfare.
Construction of the submarine began on Feb. 19, 2007. Delivery and commissioning are planned for spring 2012.
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