Mississippi returns from Western Pacific deployment

30 March 2018

From MC2 Shaun M. Griffin, Submarine Force Pacific Public Affairs

USS Mississippi (SSN 782) returned home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 30, following a six-month Western Pacific deployment.
180330-N-LY160-0135 PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (March 30, 2018) Sonar Technician Submarine 2nd Class Michael Mize, assigned to the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782), hugs his loved during a homecoming ceremony in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 30. Mississippi successfully completed a six-month Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lee/ Released)
Sonar Technician Submarine 2nd Class Michael Mize is greeted on the pier during the USS Mississippi (SSN 782) homecoming, March 30. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Michael H. Lee)
180330-N-LY160-0135 PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (March 30, 2018) Sonar Technician Submarine 2nd Class Michael Mize, assigned to the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782), hugs his loved during a homecoming ceremony in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 30. Mississippi successfully completed a six-month Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lee/ Released)
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Sonar Technician Submarine 2nd Class Michael Mize is greeted on the pier during the USS Mississippi (SSN 782) homecoming, March 30. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Michael H. Lee)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lee
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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Friends and families of the crew gathered pierside to welcome back the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) as she returned from a six-month Western Pacific deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 30.

The successful completion of her Western Pacific deployment was attributed to the performance of her crew, said Cmdr. Eric Rozek, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Mississippi’s commanding officer.

"The men and women of Mississippi worked exceptionally hard to prepare and deploy to the Western Pacific,” said Rozek. “Additionally, the crew was outstanding ambassadors, representing themselves, Mississippi, the Navy, and our nation as they worked together with our maritime partners and allies.”

During the deployment, 31 Sailors earned their submarine warfare qualification and 19 Sailors advanced in rank.

While deployed, Mississippi made the first ever port visit by a U.S. Navy submarine to the port of Jeju, South Korea.

“Jeju was a beautiful place to visit and experience the Korean culture,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate Amanuel McMillan, from Macon, Georgia, and Mississippi’s chief of the boat. “It was a must for any deployer, and our visit further strengthened the already positive alliance between the U.S. and South Korea.”

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160901-N-KC128-016 In this file photo, USS Mississippi (SSN 782) returns to Pearl Harbor in September 2016 following its maiden deployment. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Daniel Hinton)
SLIDESHOW | 1 images | 160901-N-KC128-016 In this file photo, USS Mississippi (SSN 782) returns to Pearl Harbor in September 2016 following its maiden deployment. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Daniel Hinton)

McMillan also praised the crew for their hard work and dedication to make the deployment a successful one.

“Being deployed allows the crew to show off their talent and skills from the training, certifications, inspections, and qualifications they endured for the preparation of deployment,” said McMillan. “I am very proud of how far we’ve come and appreciate the hard work from every one of my Sailors.”

USS Mississippi is the fourth and newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine to be homeported in Pearl Harbor. The submarine is 377-feet long, displaces 7,800 tons, and is equipped to carry torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles. It possesses the capacity to insert special operations forces into a multitude of environments and battlefield scenarios.

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