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USS Mississippi to be commissioned in June

GULFPORT — The USS Mississippi, a $2-billion submarine, will be commissioned in the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor in June, according to U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo.

Palazzo, R-Miss., says the event is scheduled for June 2, 2012, with more details to be released later.

Palazzo says having the commissioning in Mississippi is an achievement the whole state can be proud of.

General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., and Newport News Shipbuilding, which is a Virginia-based division of Huntington Ingalls, are building the new Virginia-class subs for the Navy.

Construction on the USS Mississippi, designated SSN-782, began in February 2007. The 377-foot-long, 34-foot-diameter, sub is being finished in Groton.

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