US Navy Christens New Virginia Class Submarine USS Montana

The U.S.Navy on Saturday christened one of its newest attack submarines, the future USS Montana (SSN 794) at the Newport News Shipbuilding, which is a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries located in Newport News, Virginia.

The principal speaker at the ceremony was Under Secretary of the Navy (Acting) Gregory J. Slavonic.  While Ms. Sally Jewell will serve as the ship’s sponsor.  She is the former Secretary of the United States Department of Interior. In a time-honored Navy tradition, Ms. Jewell will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow and state, “in the name of the United States I christen thee.”

“The future USS Montana will play an important role in the defense of our nation and maritime freedom. She stands as proof of what teamwork – from civilian to contractor to military – can accomplish. I am confident USS Montana and her crew will ensure our Navy remains safe and strong to proudly serve our nation’s interest for decades to come,” said Slavonic.

The future USS Montana (SSN 794) honors the Treasure State. She will be the second commissioned warship bearing the name. The first USS Montana (ACR-13), an armored cruiser, was also built at Newport News Shipbuilding and commissioned in July 1908. 

She served in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, landed Marines during unrest in Haiti in 1914. She also escorted convoys during World War I. She was decommissioned in 1921. 

Construction of the current Montana began in April 2015 and is the third of the ten Block IV Virginia Class submarines. 

Virginia Class submarines are built to operate in the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare and special operation forces support missions. They also conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. 

Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence. As older Los Angeles Class submarines retire, they are being replaced with Virginia Class submarines. 

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