The Ship

The USS Montana will be among the most advanced submarines in the world as she carries out a range of missions in defense of our nation.

A Virginia Class nuclear fast attack submarine, the USS Montana will have the most advanced stealth capability. This will enable critical surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations. She’ll be lethal, able to protect carrier and expeditionary strike groups, as well as hunt and destroy enemy attack and missile submarines and surface ships.

The USS Montana will have the ability to precisely navigate in shallower waters to come close to adversaries. She’ll be multi-mission, able to deploy and detect mines, launch Tomahawk cruise missiles against large land targets, and insert entire platoon-size Navy SEAL special operations teams into dangerous areas, all while submerged.

Officially called PCU (for Pre-Commissioning Unit) MONTANA SSN 794, the USS Montana is under construction at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. Contract completion date is May of 2020.

Keel-laying for SSN 794 will take place in the near future. This is an important milestone and ceremonial event officially marking the start of construction. However, since a submarine is basically a cylindrical-shaped vessel without a keel, scheduling is flexible as is evidenced by our ships’ already being under construction.

Christening, or officially naming Montana, will be scheduled when she is nearly ready for launch. By that time her sponsor, typically a female, and a captain, will have been named. The captain will have a crew selected and in training.

Commissioning, or the official transfer of SSN 794 from Newport News Shipbuilding to the U.S. Navy Fleet, will come after sea trials and completion of the USS Montana is certified by the Navy.

Following commissioning, the USS Montana is expected to serve our nation with a range of missions around the world for more than three decades.


Virginia Class Submarines: Infographic
Virginia Class Sea Trials Video

This photo was taken on April 29, 2017 at the christening of another Virginia Class submarine, the USS Indiana that is shown on the left. On the right, shrouded for secrecy because of her earlier construction stage, is Montana.