USS Montana (SSN-794)

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USS Montana (SSN-794)
Lead boat of Virginia class USS Virginia (SSN 774) returns to the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard following the successful completion of its "alpha" sea trials in 2004.
Lead boat of Virginia class, USS Virginia (SSN-774)
History
United States
Name: USS Montana
Namesake: State of Montana
Ordered: 28 April 2014[1]
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia
Laid down: 16 May 2018[2]
Launched: [1]
Sponsored by: Sally Jewell
Commissioned: To be delivered in May of 2020
Homeport: [3]
Identification: Hull symbol:SSN-794
Status: under construction[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginia-class submarine
Displacement: 7,800 tons
Length: 377 ft (115 m)[4]
Beam: 34 ft (10.4 m)[4]
Draft: 32 ft (9.8 m)[4]
Propulsion: S9G reactor auxiliary diesel engine
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Endurance: can remain submerged for up to 3 months
Test depth: greater than 800 ft (244 m)
Complement:
  • 15 officers
  • 120 enlisted men
Armament: 12 VLS tubes, four 21 inch (530 mm) torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes BGM-109 Tomahawk

Montana will be a Virginia-class submarine, honoring the U.S. State of Montana. Approximately 10% of Montana citizens have served in the Armed Forces. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced its name on September 3, 2015 at a ceremony hosted in Billings, Montana with U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). This will only be the second commissioned warship bearing the name Montana.[5]

A contract modification for Oregon SSN-793, Montana SSN-794, and Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-795) was initially awarded to General Dynamics Electric Boat for $594.7 million in April 2012. On December 23, 2014, they were awarded an additional $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for the three Virginia-class submarines.[6] The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat the contract to construct 10 Block IV Virginia-class submarines for $17.6 billion on April 28, 2014. Vermont commenced in May 2014 with the 10th boat scheduled for delivery in 2023.[4]

Construction of Montana began in May 2015 at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. Contract completion date is May 2020.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Naval Vessel Register".
  2. ^ "Huntington Ingalls Industries Authenticates Keel of Submarine Montana (SSN 794)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  3. ^ US Navy homeport
  4. ^ a b c d "SSN 774 Virginia class submarine". bga-aeroweb.com. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "US Navy Submarine will be named U.S.S Montana". KXLH News. September 3, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Snider, John (January 8, 2015). "Shipbuilding News, January 2014". Professional Mariner. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Riley, John. "Montana flag presented to U.S. Navy for namesake submarine". KTVQ.com. KTVQ. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  8. ^ "The Ship". USS Montana Committee. USS Montana Committee. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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