Four ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Mississippi. The first ship was named for the Mississippi River, and the latter three for the 20th state.
USS Mississippi (Battleship No. 23), the lead ship of her class of battleships, was the second ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the U.S. state of Mississippi. After her career in the USN, she was sold to Greece and renamed Kilkis in 1914. Kilkis was sunk by German bombers in April, 1941.
USS Mississippi (BB-41/AG-128), a New Mexico-class battleship, was the third ship of the United States Navy named in honor of the 20th state.
USS Mississippi (CGN-40) was a Virginia class nuclear powered guided missile armed cruiser laid down by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry-dock Corporation at Newport News in Virginia on 22 February 1975, launched on 31 July 1976 and commissioned on 5 August 1978. USS Mississippi was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 28 July 1997 and entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program around 1 October 2004.
USS Mississippi, a sidewheel steamer, was the first ship of the United States Navy bear that name. She was named for the Mississippi River; succeeding ships were named for the 20th state, admitted to the Union 10 December 1817. Her keel was laid down by the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1839; built under the personal supervision of Commodore Matthew Perry.