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USS MISSISSIPPI (DLGN/CGN 40)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Golf - Golf - Delta


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
CLASS - VIRGINIA
Displacement: 11,000 Tons (full), Dimensions, 585' (oa) x 63' x 31' (Max)
Armament, 2 MK-26 SAM/ASW (68 Missiles), 2 x 5"/54RF, 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; 2 G.E. Reactors (D2G), Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Crew 500.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 22 FEB 1975 at Newport News Shipyard, Newport News, VA
Launched 31 JUL 1976
Reclassified CGN 40 on 30 June 1975
Commissioned 05 AUG 1978
Decommissioned 27 AUG 1997
Stricken 27 AUG 1997
Fate: Stricken - Hulk currently Awaiting recycling at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row- Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5) - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal (3)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2)- Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon
Fifth Row - NATO Medal - Kwuait Liberation Medal (Saudia Arabia) - Kwuait Liberation Medal (Kwuait)


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Mississippi
04014020
276k Christening of Mississippi by Miss Janet Finch, daughter of Mississippi's governor. Dale Hargrave
Mississippi
04014023
324k Postcard of Mississippi's launching. Dale Hargrave
Mississippi
04014022
71k Commissioning invitation. Dale Hargrave
Mississippi
04014021
100k Commissioning admission ticket. Dale Hargrave
Mississippi
04014018
92k Visitors boarding the Mississippi after her Commissioning ceremony, 5 August 1978. Dale Hargrave
Mississippi 670k Commissioning Booklet, 5 August 1978. Robert M. Cieri
Mississippi
04014025
868k Welcome Aboard pamphlet, 1978 - 1980. Tommy Trampp
Mississippi
04014026
531k Welcome Aboard pamphlet, 1978 - 1980. Tommy Trampp
Mississippi
04014027
857k Welcome Aboard pamphlet, 1978 - 1980. Tommy Trampp
Mississippi
04014028
418k Welcome Aboard pamphlet, 1978 - 1980. Tommy Trampp
Mississippi 23k Starboard bow underway. USN
Mississippi 34k Starboard bow underway. USN
Mississippi 34k Port bow underway. Newport News Shipbuilding
Mississippi 75k Undated starboard bow view. Robert Hirsh
Mississippi 138k Undated port side photo of USS Arkansas (CGN 41), USS Mississippi (CGN 40), and USS Texas (CGN 39) (bottom to top). Robert Hirsh
Mississippi
04014019
446k Undated Welcome Aboard pamphlet cover. Darryl Baker
Mississippi 335k Port bow view while underway in the Atlantic, August 1978. Robert M. Cieri
Virginia
04013812
41k

An aerial starboard bow view of six nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers underway in formation during exercise READEX 1-81. The ships are, from left to right: USS TEXAS (CGN 39), USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN 40), USS CALIFORNIA (CGN 36), USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37), USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38) and USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41). Photo taken 26 February 1981 by PH1 Anthony Alleyne.

DOD Photo #DN-SC-87-08333

Steve Dietrich
Mississippi 98k Aerial stern view of (left to right) the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers USS Mississippi (CGN 40) and USS Texas (CGN 39), and the guided missile cruiser USS Biddle (CG 34), underway in the Mediterranean Sea, August 1981.

On August 19, 1981 two F-14A Tomcats from VF-41 "Black Aces," based on Nimitz, used Sidewinder missiles to shoot down two Lybian, Soviet-built SU-22 Fitters over the Gulf of Sidra, after one of the Lybian jets fired an Atoll heat-seeking missile. This incident marked the first Navy air combat confrontation since the Vietnam War and the first ever for the F-14A Tomcat.

US Navy photo #DNSC8501964 by PH3 Cruz

Defense Visual Information Center
Mississippi
04014015
187k

16 July 1984 - An aerial port bow view of the Virginia class nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Mississippi (CGN 40) underway.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-85-01543 by: PH1 (AC) Darrel E. Erickson.

Robert M. Cieri
Mississippi 443k Port quarter view while leaving Norfolk, VA, 16 JUL 1984. Robert M. Cieri
Mississippi 428k Port quarter view while operating off the Virginia Capes, 2 AUG 1988. Robert M. Cieri
Mississippi
04014024
199k Anchored in Naples, Italy, 15 October 1989. Carlo Martinelli
Mississippi
04014016
148k

Suez Canal, 15 September 1990 - A starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN 40) underway in the Suez Canal. The ship is heading for the Red Sea to support Operation Desert Shield.

U.S. Navy Photo #DN-ST-91-01493 taken by PH3 Falkenhainer.

Bill Gonyo
Mississippi 446k Welcome Aboard Booklet, circa 1991. Robert M. Cieri
Mississippi
04014017
164k

29 January 1991 - 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.

U.S. Navy Photo #DN-SC-91-04390 taken by MMCS Henderlite.

Bill Gonyo
Mississippi
04014029
1m Bow view of USS Mississippi (CGN 40) (right) and stern view of USS South Carolina (CGN 37) (left) while moored at Norfolk Naval Station, 1994. Floating Crane YD 257 is to the right of Mississippi and the barge between them has her bow anchor resting on it. Cody Shaffer
Mississippi 260K Welcome Aboard Booklet, circa 1995. Robert M. Cieri
Mississippi
04014013
114k USS Mississippi (CGN 40) berthed at Naval Station Pascacoula, Mississippi in February 1996. Pictured outboard of the "Ole Miss" is the guided missile Frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32). Taken by Doug Bremenkamp of Gulfport, MS.
Robert M. Cieri
Mississippi
04014014
123k USS Mississippi (CGN 40) berthed at Naval Station Pascacoula, Mississippi in February 1996. Pictured outboard of the "Ole Miss" is the guided missile Frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32). Taken by Doug Bremenkamp of Gulfport, MS.
Robert M. Cieri
Mississippi 50k Firing forward 5 inch gun, Spring 1996. Adam Robison
Mississippi 486k Deactivation Booklet, 6 SEP 1996. Robert M. Cieri

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Hekman Jr., Peter Maynard, CAPT VADM 08/05/78 - 07/02/80
Taylor, Raynor Andrew Kent, CAPT RADM 07/02/80 - 07/22/83
Olson, Phillip Roger, CAPT RADM 07/22/83 - 10/03/86
Bordy, Michael William, CAPT RADM 10/08/86 - 06/30/89
Pollard, Don P., CAPT   06/30/89 - 08/01/92
Laz, Jr., William Joseph, CAPT   08/01/92 - 05/21/95
Lewandowski, Lawrence Anthony, CAPT   05/21/95 - 07/31/97

(Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri, Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves)


USS MISSISSIPPI (DLGN/CGN 40) History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jay Martin
Address: 152 S Chestnut St, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Phone: (717) 275-0757
E-mail: cgn40@comcast.net

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
USS Mississippi (CGN-40) Website
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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