USS Mississippi visits Jeju during Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment

by Seaman William Carlisle
Commander, Naval Forces Korea

The Virginia-class attack, submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) arrived at Jeju-do, Republic of Korea Nov. 22, for a port visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-pacific region.

“The U.S. and ROK navies share a strong partnership that is continually strengthened by routine interactions that enhance and foster our relationship,” said Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea. “This visit will allow Mississippi crew members the opportunity to enjoy the unique culture of the residents of Jeju-do island.”

This port visit is part of a routine visit by a U.S. submarine to the region to highlight the commitment by U.S. forces to supporting security and stability.

“We are honored to be the first submarine to visit Jeju,” said Cmdr. Eric J. Rozek, commanding officer. “We are also honored to have the opportunity to meet with the people of the Republic of Korea, and we believe that healthy relationships between our two nations contribute to peace in the region.”

Mississippi’s crew operates at a high state of readiness and is always prepared to tackle any mission that comes their way.

“We are proud of our longstanding history and commitment to partnering with regional navies throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Rozek. “Through decades of exchange, training, and collaboration we have helped others build capabilities that taken together enhance regional security and stability.”

With a crew of approximately 150 and measuring more than 360 feet long, Mississippi is one of the stealthiest and most advanced submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike intelligence, and reconnaissance.

Home-ported out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Mississippi is able to operate in waters around the world.

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