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Montana (SSN-794)

Virginia Class Attack Submarine: Named Montana (SSN-794) on 2 September 2015.
Keel laid on 16 May 2018.
Montana will be delivered by Newport News Shipbuilding.
SSN-792 through approximately SSN-801 are planned to make up the Fourth Block. The main improvement over the Block III is the reduction of major maintenance periods from four to three, increasing each ship's total lifetime deployments by one. (Partial text courtesy of

Specifications:Power Plant: One S9G pressurized water reactor, 29.84MW (40,000hp), one shaft with pumpjet propulsor, Improved Performance Machinery Program Phase III one secondary propulsion submerged motor. Displacement, 7,800 tons submerged. Length: 377 feet. Draft: 32 feet. Beam: 34 feet. Speed: 25+ knots submerged. Depth: Greater than 800 feet. 12 VLS & four torpedo tubes, capable of launching Mark 48 torpedoes, UGM-109 Tactical Tomahawks, Harpoon (missile)s and the new advanced mobile mine when it becomes available: Unmanned Undersea Vehicles, Special Warfare: Dry Deck Shelter. Advanced SEAL Delivery System. Sonars: Spherical active/passive arrays. Light Weight Wide Aperture Arrays. TB-16, TB-29, and future towed arrays. High-frequency chin and sail arrays. Countermeasures: 1 internal launcher (reloadable 2-barrel) 14 external launchers. Crew: 134 officers and men.

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Virginia-class1.09kNewport News Shipbuilding is teamed with General Dynamics Electric Boat to build Virginia-class submarines. Newport News Shipbuilding builds the stern, habitability & machinery spaces, torpedo room, sail and bow. Electric Boat builds the pressure hull, engine room and control room. Newport News Shipbuilding and Electric Boat each perform work on the reactor plant as well as alternate on the final assembly, test, outfit and delivery. The team has been recognized as the best shipbuilding program in the Navy.
Virginia-class Infographic PDF.
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Virginia-class2.34kSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus speaks with guests attending a dual ship-naming ceremony for the Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship, the future Billings (LCS-15) and future Virginia-class attack submarine, Montana (SSN-794), at Metra Park Rimrock Auto Arena, Billings, Mont., 2 September 2015. Mabus thanked the people of Montana for their support and contributions to the Navy and discussed the special bond that exists between a state and its namesake vessel.U.S. Navy photos 150902-N-AC887-004 & N-AC887-002 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers,
Virginia-class244kThe Montana (SSN-794) is 40% complete, February 2018.Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries photo/Chris Oxley via
Virginia-class283kJacob McNulty (far right) displays the keel authentication plate he welded at today's ceremony. Also present for the ceremony were (left to right) Cmdr. Mike Delaney, commanding officer of the pre-commissioning unit Montana (SSN-794); Mariah Gladstone, a member of the Blackfeet Nation; former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, the ship's sponsor; and Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin. Photo: DCS18-358-108 courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Matt Hildreth/HII.
Virginia-class139kJacob McNulty Welds Sally Jewell's Initials.Photo: DCS18-358-56 courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Matt Hildreth/HII.
Hyman G. Rickover334kThe U.S. Navy held a keel laying ceremony for the Pre-Commissioning Unit Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-795) at General Dynamics Electric Boat, 11 May 2018.
The initials of the submarine's sponsor, Darleen Greenert, were welded onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the submarine. She is the wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert (retired).
Hyman G. Rickover & Montana (SSN-794) appear here during the keel laying ceremony.
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Photo added 07/01/18.
Hyman G. Rickover380kCover of the program for the recent keel laying ceremony for Montana (SSN-794) May 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Photo added 07/01/18.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The VIRGINIA Class America's Next Submarine
The Virginia Class—A New Submarine for the 21st Century
SSN-774 Virginia-class NSSN New Attack Submarine Centurion
Making a Submarine - General Dynamics
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