Miss Virginia Visits USS Virginia

The current reigning Miss Virginia for 2012 visited the crew of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Virginia (SSN 774), May 20 in Groton.

Rosemary Willis took the opportunity as Miss Virginia to travel outside her daily state duties to visit her namesake state’s submarine and meet crew members.

“The Miss America Organization has a deep-rooted tradition of supporting our military, so I’m honored to carry on that legacy. In particular, it is an honor to thank those who serve aboard USS Virginia. I believe every military member should be recognized for their sacrifice,” said Willis.

In addition to visiting with crew members of USS Virginia, Willis also toured Submarine Force Library and Museum, Naval Submarine Base New London and their Child Development Center.

“It’s always so special to meet the bright children of our military members, who learn so much from the example of their parents,” said Willis.

Former Miss Virginias have visited their namesake submarine since 2008. Lt. Cmdr. John Strunk, executive officer, reflected on the continuous support from the previous Miss Virginias who have visited their submarine and the Submarine Capital of the World.

“It was great to have Miss Virginia visit our crew and we appreciate her continued support,” said Strunk.

Press Release, May 22, 2013