After six months away, USS Mississippi returns to Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After spending the last six months thousands of miles from home, submariners aboard the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Mississippi returned home Friday to the sight of friends and family members awaiting them at Pearl Harbor.

The deployment was a success, in more ways than one: in addition to making the first ever submarine port visit to Jeju, South Korea, the Navy says 31 sailors earned submarine warfare qualifications during the time away.

"The men and women of Mississippi worked exceptionally hard to prepare and deploy to the Western Pacific," said Cmdr. Eric Rozek. "Additionally, the crew was outstanding ambassadors, representing themselves, Mississippi, the Navy, and our nation as they worked together with our maritime partners and allies."

"Being deployed allows the crew to show off their talent and skills from the training, certifications, inspections, and qualifications they endured for the preparation of deployment," added Master Chief Machinist's Mate Amanuel McMillan. "I am very proud of how far we've come and appreciate the hard work from every one of my Sailors."

The USS Mississippi is a 377-foot long vessel that's equipped to carry torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles, the Navy says.

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