Commander, Submarine Group Two

PCU Mississippi Sailors Participate in Mississippi on the Mall Days
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Four Virginia-class submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Mississippi (SSN 782) Sailors participated in the 21st annual Mississippi on the Mall days in Washington, June 18-19, to increase awareness for the fast-attack submarine.

"We are honored to be named after the great state of Mississippi and the proud people of the Magnolia State," said PCU Mississippi Chief of the Boat, Master Chief Machinist's Mate (SS) Bill Stoiber. "We look forward to expanding the awareness of PCU Mississippi and the boat's christening in December and commissioning in early 2012."

Yeoman Second Class (SS) Joe Earomirski, Sonar Technician First Class (SS) Edmond Johnston, Jr. will attend the event as well as Cmdr. John McGrath, the ship's prospective commanding officer.

During the two-day event, congressmen from the state of Mississippi and other Mississippi citizens stopped by to pay their respects.

"It was great to interact with the people of Mississippi," said Stoiber. "They are such warm and grateful people and proud that a submarine is named after the great state of Mississippi."

Mississippi is the ninth ship of the Virginia-class and the fifth Navy vessel to be named for the people of the "Magnolia State." Construction of Mississippi began Feb. 18, 2007.