Meridian Star

Local News

April 20, 2013

Commander of USS Mississippi docks in Meridian

MERIDIAN —     While the newest of the U.S. Navy's Virginia Class submarines is in dry dock getting some upgrades and a good going over after a long shakedown cruise, the commander of the USS Mississippi, Capt. John McGrath, stopped by Friday in Meridian to visit with members of the Council of the Mississippi Navy League.

    "The ship is already getting some upgrades that have come on line since she began construction five years ago," said McGrath prior to the program. "We will be taking on more personnel and getting the contractor to address some little issues we found."

    After that, the submarine will head to its new port of call, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

    The USS Mississippi is capable of traditional submarine roles, such as anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. It can also do some very unusual things. It can operate in shallow waters and bring out special forces. It can do irregular warfare. it can do reconnaissance. It can do intelligence-gathering and it can do it all completely undetected.

    The 7,800-ton USS Mississippi (SSN 782), which cost $2 billion, is the ninth submarine in its class. It carries a complement of 145 crew members. Her nuclear fuel capacity means she will be able to patrol the waters of the world for 30 years without refueling.

    "She will stand always ready and the crew and I will see to it that her aim is always true," McGrath said.

    Since the Mississippi has been in port, McGrath has been on the speaking trail speaking at with Navy ROTC programs and telling the public about the vessel's first extended sea trials. McGrath said the shakedown cruise was an attempt to let the crew test the USS Mississippi's readiness for their first real deployment orders after they reach Pearl Harbor.

    "With all new vessels there is a time when the ship and crew must go out for an extended stay and see what each can or can't do," McGrath said. "We have been able in the Mississippi to do things that past subs in our class haven't been able to do. We had a successful cruise."

    McGrath, however, won't be commanding the Mississippi when she sails for Hawaii. In fact, he said about half of the crew that took her out on this latest shakedown won't be with her either.

    "There is always a turnover in crew for subs," said McGrath.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
Facebook
Helium debate
Helium
Twitter Updates
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide