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USS Mississippi was a Mississippi-class battleship laid down on May 12, 1904 and launched on September 30, the following year. It was commissioned on February 1, 1908 under Capt. J. C. Fremont’s command with the hull number BB-23 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on July 21, 1914. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 744 men on board and had the main missions in Cuba, Philadelphia, New England, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Gravesend Bay, Brest or Pensacola. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Greece in 1914 where it was renamed Kilkis.