Gov. Phil Bryant, along with other state and local officials, announced a campaign today to raise $300,000 to help with costs association with the USS Mississippi commissioning.
The groups involved in the commissioning say the money is needed to cover expenses related to banquets and other special events in conjunction with the June 2 commissioning on the east bank of the Pascagoula River.
The $2 billion USS Mississippi, a Virginia-class attack sub, was christened in December 2011 in Groton, Conn.
Bryant said at a media event this morning at the commissioning site that the event would be "a great event for Mississippi."
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"This is such a great honor and is an outstanding opportunity for Mississippi to shine," he said. "Pascagoula and the Gulf Coast will welcome thousands of visitors and we want to show off our coastal communities."
Organizers expect to see as many as 7,000 spectators for the event.
Read more in Tuesday's Sun Herald and at sunherald.com