USS Mississippi visits Western Australia

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28 November 2022

Australia welcomes the USS Mississippi and its crew to Fleet Base West, HMAS Stirling.

The Virginia Class submarine is in Australia for a routine visit to provide respite for the crew.

The visit reflects the ongoing strength of Australia’s alliance with the United States and builds on previous visits of nuclear-powered submarines from our AUKUS partners.

Since 1960, Australia has hosted over 285 visits by UK and US nuclear-powered vessels with over 1840 total days in port.

The USS Mississippi is the second US nuclear-powered vessel to visit Australia in 2022, following a visit by the USS Springfield in April.

Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:

“I had the opportunity to tour the USS Mississippi as part of my visit to Pearl Harbour in Hawaii last month, alongside US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

“It is a pleasure to welcome the crew to Western Australia this week, for this routine visit.

“Their stay in WA will provide those on board with much needed respite as they continue to ensure a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”

Quotes attributable to Chief of Navy, Admiral Mark Hammond, AM RAN:

“After a busy year operating with the US Navy across the Indo-Pacific, it’s a privilege to welcome our friends to Western Australia.”

“We value every opportunity for our Navies to interact, train, and operate together. Australia and the United States have a proud history of working together in peace and war, it is a privilege to be able to support this enduring friendship.”

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