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Norfolk, Va. - June 25, 2022: Crewmembers attached to the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Montana (SSN 794) man the ship during a commissioning ceremony. (Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer John Smolinski)

The Navy commissioned its newest Virginia-class fast-attack submarine, USS Montana (SSN 794), during a June 25 ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

Montana becomes the third Block IV Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet. Like other vessels in its class, it can carry out antisubmarine and anti-surface, irregular, strike and mine warfare missions.

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Other capabilities include delivery of special-operations forces and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Montana is 377 feet long with a 34-foot beam, can dive below 800 feet, move in excess of 25 knots when submerged, and is staffed by a crew of roughly 136 sailors and officers.

Under Secretary of the Navy Erik K. Raven, highlighted the Montana’s capabilities and the importance of its crew in maintaining undersea dominance for the fleet: “When USS Montana joins that fleet, she will add next generation of stealth, surveillance, and special warfare capabilities to our Joint Force, and extend our integrated deterrence capabilities,” said Raven. “This powerful boat and her crew will protect our sea lanes, strengthen our maritime dominance, and contribute to strengthening our relationships with our allies and partners.”

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