The USS Mississippi is the fastest Virginia-class submarine delivered to the U.S. Navy, at just over 62 months. It was built under a unique teaming agreement between General Dynamics Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News.
The ship’s sponsor is Allison Stiller, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (ships). In keeping with tradition, Stiller issued an order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” The order served as a signal for the ship’s crew to run aboard.
Rear Adm. David Johnson, program executive officer for submarines, shared: “The Submarine Force and the fleet have eagerly anticipated this day… USS Mississippi provides the Navy with unique and unparalleled capabilities and joins the fleet at a time when submarines are being called upon to perform vital national security tasking around the globe.”
Rear Adm. (sel.) Michael Jabaley, Virginia-class program manager and vice commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, on the other hand, shared: “Mississippi’s commissioning is the culmination of a very successful construction process for our Navy/industry shipbuilding team… Mississippi was delivered to the fleet a year ahead of her contracted date, and was the most combat ready Virginia class submarine to date as determined by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.”
All other Virginia-class submarines currently under construction, the feature shared further, are also on track for an early delivery to the U.S. Navy.