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USS Mississippi (CGN-40)
USS Mississippi (CGN-40)
USS Mississippi (CGN-40)
Career (US)
Name: Mississippi
Namesake: State of Mississippi
Ordered: 21 January 1972
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
Laid down: 22 February 1975
Launched: 31 July 1976
Acquired: 14 July 1978
Commissioned: 5 August 1978
Decommissioned: 28 July 1997
Struck: 28 July 1997
Motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Fate: Stricken to be recycled
Status: Berthed at NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Bremerton, WA
General characteristics
Class & type: Virginia class cruiser
Displacement: approx. 11,300 tons full load
Length: 585 ft (178 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19 m)
Draft: 31.5 ft (9.6 m)
Propulsion: Twin D2G General Electric nuclear reactors
Speed: 30+ knots
Range: Nuclear
Complement: 39 Officers, 539 Enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-48 3-D Air search radar
AN/SPS-49 2-D Air search radar
AN/SPS-55 surface search radar
AN/SPQ-9 gun fire control radar
AN/SPG-51 Missile fire control radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Mark 36 SRBOC
Armament: -Two Mk-26 "dual-arm" missile launchers for Standard missile (SAMs) and/or "matchbox" ASROC "anti-submarine" rockets (68 missiles)
-Two Mk-141 Harpoon missile launchers
-Two "armored box" ASM/LAM launchers for Tomahawk missile
-Two "triple-mount" Mk 46 torpedo launchers
-Two Mk-45 (5 inch/54 caliber) "lightweight" guns
-Two Phalanx CIWS (20 mm) "anti-missile" systems
-Four machine guns
Aircraft carried:

As built: Helicopter pad (Afterdeck)

with hangar / elevator – until later retrofit to Tomahawk launchers.

USS Mississippi (CGN-40), a Virginia class, nuclear fuel powered, U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 20th state admitted to the Union. Her keel was laid down by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company at Newport News, Virginia, on 22 February 1975. She was launched on 31 July 1976. The ship was commissioned on 5 August 1978 by president Jimmy Carter, then serving as the 39th President of the United States. Early deployment included escorting the carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68). She also was deployed in 1989 as a response to the capture and subsequent murder of U.S. Marine Corps Colonel William R. Higgins by terrorists.

A BGM-109 Tomahawk Land-Attack Missile (TLAM) is launched toward a target in Iraq from the port side Mark 143 Armored Box Launcher (ABL) on the stern of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Mississippi (CGN-40) during Operation Desert Storm.
Topside stripped off
Mississippi under tow
Under tow behind USNS Mohawk

The USS Mississippi (CGN-40) was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 28 July 1997. The ship was prepared and then towed from Norfolk, VA to Bremerton, WA via the Panama Canal from March 1998 to May 1998. The MSC fleet tug USNS Mohawk began the tow until Mississippi was moored at Rodman Naval Station, Panama. The Pacific tow was completed by the USNS Navajo.

Mississippi entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program around October 2004.


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