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This is the official crew website of the USS Mississippi CGN-40.
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Not Everyone Can Be

USS Mississippi CGN-40
August 5, 1978
July 31, 1997

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What does CGN stand for?-- -Guided Missile Cruiser (Nuclear propulsion).

Welcome Aboard!

This is the Official Crew Website of the USS Mississippi CGN-40

This website is dedicated to the hardworking men of the USS Mississippi CGN-40 who have answered every challenge, performed every task, and helped preserve the ideals of America. the last ship to bear this name: CGN-40

Alpha Roster Form has been fixed.

Hello Shipmates- This website will be having a major
OVERHAUL in the next few weeks. I will be performing a general maintenance fix-up, renovation, and modernization of the entire website.
The newly designed website will launch before Veteran's Day.

PN2 Michael Edward Carr, USN
Served onboard 1990-1992
January 7, 1970 - October 3, 2014
Michael E. Carr, 44 of Cody, WY passed away Friday, October 3, 2014 as a result of a fatal car accident.
Memorial service 11:00 am Friday at St. Therese Catholic Church, 901 N. Tahoe Trail, Sioux Falls SD. A vigil service was held Thursday Oct.9 at 7:00 PM with family present.
Michael Edward Carr, was born January 7 1970 in Winona, MN, and adopted by Maurice and Pat Carr on January 26 1970. He grew up in Sioux Falls SD, and graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1988. During high school Michael was a very good athlete. He played football, fast pitch softball, and ran track. He held the half mile record for a number of years. After High school he attended Black Hills State University, where he also played football, and then joined the United States Navy in 1990. After the service he moved to Colorado where he met and married his wife Deana in September of 2000. He worked a few jobs, and was currently working in Cody, WY.
Michael enjoyed participating & watching sports, especially his beloved Green Bay Packers. But more than anything he enjoyed spending time with his family and children. Melissa, Haley and Mason were his pride and joy of his life.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations directed to Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Foundation.

RADM Raynor A.K. Taylor, USN (Ret)

Rear Admiral Raynor A. K. Taylor, age 77, passed away September 3, 2014 from cancer and congestive heart failure. He died at his home in Virginia Beach. He served as our ship's captain 2 July 1980-22 July 1983.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1457 Independence Boulevard on Friday evening, September 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Ray's funeral service will be held at Old Donation Episcopal Church, 4449 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach on Saturday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Burial will be in the United States Naval Academy Cemetery. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com

Obituary: http://www.navysna.org/SNA/Obits/Taylor.htm

USS Mississippi CGN-40 2014 Reunion was held Thursday, August 7th - Sunday, August 10th -
Thank you Jay Martin and all who helped in making it a fantastic reunion.

To purchase photos of the 2014 Reunion held at Norfolk, visit http://framedbysami.com/norfolk2014 .

You can create a book or buy individual photos or even all the photos if you''d like.

Click Here for a Slideshow of the Reunion.

All Crew Members update your information in the Alpha Roster.
Nearly 1000 Shipmates have registered
since the website was created in 1997.

Photo Album
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The name USS MISSISSIPPI has been carried by four ships and one submarine.

Sideswheel steamer saw action in the Mexican-American War and was lost during the American Civil War.
Battleship (BB-23) (1908-1914) was the lead ship of her class, saw action before World War I and was eventually sold to Greece, renamed Lemnos, and sunk in the early days of World War II.
Battleship (BB-41/EAG-128) (1917-1956) was a New Mexico-class battleship, saw action during World War II.

Nuclear Guided Missile Cruiser (CGN-40) was the best ship in Naval History. Sadly the CGN-40 was cut off in her prime, decommissioned July 31, 1997 after less than 20 years, and much less than its intended lifespan.

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)

USS Mississippi (SSN 782)
Virginia Class Attack Submarine: Named USS Mississippi (SSN-782) on 30 January 2008; Construction began at Electric Boat in December 2006.
Links and Articles:

An artist's rendering of a Virginia-class submarine underway.
Namesake: Mississippi
Awarded: 14 August 2003
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 9 June 2010
Status: Awarded
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginia-class submarine
Displacement: 7800 tons light, 7800 tons full
Length: 114.9 meters (377 feet)
Beam: 10.3 meters (34 feet)
Propulsion: S9G reactor
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h) [1]
Range: Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years
Test depth: greater than 800 feet (250 meters) [2]
Complement: 134 officers and men

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Reunion Information
The 2014 Reunion was held August 7th-10th, 2014 in Norfolk, VA.
-Information about the 2016 Reunion will posted here as soon as it's available. The next reunion might be held somewhere in the Midwest.
USS Mississippi CGN-40 Reunion Association
Jay Martin
460 E. Park St. APT 103
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Annual Dues: $25.00
  • More pictures in Photo Album Slideshow
  • More Information on Ship's History
Do you have any great pictures of the Mighty Mississippi to post on this website? Please email them to mail@josediaz.net
All photos will be returned if requested..

Click to enlargePart of Ship Preserved
The main mast of the USS Mississippi CGN-40 is mounted at the site of the Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is on the grounds of the Oceans Springs Civic Center in Oceans Springs, MS. A supporting base was provided by the Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, Inc. A team of Seabees helped raise the 62 foot section of steel. It sits on a concrete pedestal near the memorial wall remembering those Mississippians who were killed in the Vietnam War. Click on picture on right to enlarge
Click Here for Google Maps Street View of area around Ship's Mast in Ocean Springs, MS.

MVVMC website

Maps and Directions to visit this memorial

The bridge console piece of CGN-40 USS Mississippi is now on indefinite display at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum located at Camp Shelby, MS. It was restored by Ingalls Ship Yard in Pascagoula Mississippi and was a part of a temporary exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum but it now resides here and is on display for the public five days a week. Museum Website

Click to enlarge The forward missle launcher was located at the Homeport Naval Station in Pascagoula Ms. The base officially closed November 15, 2006.

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"Virtute et Armis"
Valor and Arms
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USS Mississippi (CGN-40)


USS MISSISSIPPI, third ship of the four Virginia Class Nuclear Powered Guided Missile Cruisers, was commissioned on August 5, 1978 at Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia. President Jimmy Carter presided over the ceremonies. 

Webmaster Note:

Please let me know what you would like to see in this site.
Jose' Diaz

This website was created during the ship's decommissioning and has been continuosly active to preserve the history of the USS Mississippi CGN-40.
Thanks to Kevin Greybill and Larry Tosten for originally preserving our ship's history.

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"I can imagine no more rewarding a career. Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction 'I served in the United States Navy.'"
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In the News
Ship comes home for first, last time
6th Fleet in NATO Ops
USS Mississippi nears end of current Med deployment

Historic Photos
Christening of Mississippi by Miss Janet Finch, daughter of Mississippi's governor.
Postcard of Mississippi's launching.
Visitors boarding the Mississippi after her Commissioning ceremony, 5 August 1978.
1st Message to be transmitted from USS Mississippi CGN-40 by RM2 Robert Patten.
Desert Storm - 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).
USS Mississippi (CGN 40) berthed at Naval Station Pascacoula, Mississippi in February 1996.