Panetta Visits USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn.

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat in front of the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. Panetta observed the final phase in the building of the submarine, which will be finished a year ahead of schedule and $15 million under budget. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat in front of the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat in front of the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat in front of the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat in front of the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat in front of the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visits the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks with John Casey, president of General Dynamics Electric Boat, in front of the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visits the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visits the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks with the captain and executive officer aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta greets a worker from General Dynamics Electric Boat aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Leon E. Panetta speaks with the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat  in the torpedo room aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Leon E. Panetta speaks with the crew and workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat  in the torpedo room aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Leon E. Panetta speaks to members of the crew aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta receives a brief from specialists of General Dynamics Electric Boat outside of the USS North Dakota in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. Panetta looked at several computer modules used to build the Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned the USS Mississippi. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta receives a brief from specialists of General Dynamics Electric Boat outside of the USS North Dakota in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visits workers from General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011. Panetta spoke with workers and answered questions, ranging from possible defense budget cuts and their impact on defense manufacturing. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo