Four ships of the United States Navy
have been named
in honor of the 20th state
The first USS Mississippi, a
sidewheel steamer, saw action in the Mexican-American War and was
lost during the American Civil War.
The second USS Mississippi (BB-23), 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.
The third USS Mississippi (BB-41), a
New Mexico-class battleship, saw
action during World War II.
The fourth USS Mississippi (CGN-40)
was a Virginia-class nuclear-powered
guided missile cruiser.