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Navy veteran visits high school alma mater

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Jabaley was given a tour of the trophy case at Murrah, where he found a soccer trophy he helped win back in 1979.

He said he had fond memories of Murrah where teachers Pauline Tramel and Pauline Carter, who made him major in math and computer science. He urged students to take the hard courses, like math, science and physics because this country has a great need for those kinds of college graduates.

Jabaley is program manager for the $2 billion Virginia Class Submarines, one of which, the USS Mississippi will be commissioned June 2nd, in Pascagoula. He told us about the newest submarine's capability to carry Special Forces, Navy Seals and put them ashore.

"The Virginia Class Submarine can be submerged in shallow water, and deploy Navy Seals from various means on board the ship. It's an incredible capability," Jabaley said.

Jabaley had high praise for the current secretary of the U.S. Navy, Former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus.

"He is really focused on increasing the number of ships that we build, being delivered to the Navy, restoring the fleet back up to where it needs to be. And he has also done a lot of leadership type things, to make sure that the Navy is a better employer, more dedicated to serving it's employees, it's sailors, it's officers and the civilian employees of the Navy," Jabaley added.

While the secretary of the Navy selects names for ships, the USS Mississippi was not named by Mabus, but a predecessor.

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