Commander, Submarine Group Two

100609-O-3913D-012 NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (June 9, 2010) Allison Stiller,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs, writes her initial
on a metal plate that welder Scott Fanning will inscribe during a keel-laying
ceremony for the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit
(PCU) Mississippi (SSN 782) at General Dynamics Electric Boat Quonset
Point facility. Fanning will weld the plate to the ship during the ceremony.
Stiller is the ship's sponsor. (Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric

PCU Mississippi Receives Visit by Ship’s Sponsor

GROTON, Conn. – Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Mississippi (SSN 782) ship’s sponsor Allison F. Stiller visited with the commanding officer and crew, Aug. 18.  Ms. Stiller currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ships.

Accompanying Mrs. Stiller on her visit was Capt. William Brougham, Chief of Staff, DASN Ships.

"I'm truly honored to spend time with the fine crew of the Mississippi here on the deckplates of our boat.  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,” said Stiller.

During her visit she also had lunch with the crew.  “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.