- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - When the USS Jackson leaves Gulfport to head to San Diego, it will carry some Mississippi mementos.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1TEOAfM) framed photographs of Jackson landmarks and monuments will be on board, as well as 400 books by Mississippi authors donated by the ship’s sponsor, Katherine Cochran; and a drawing of the ship by Nathaniel Edwards, an Anniston Elementary School fifth-grader and son of a Gulfport city employee.

The USS Jackson will be commissioned Saturday in Gulfport.

On Thursday, Cmdr. Allen Adkins provided a tour of the ship, which is moored at the Port of Gulfport.

Adams says the USS Jackson was designed for operations near land. He says it is fast and maneuverable even in shallow water, and is built for mine, anti-submarine and surface warfare.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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