CO & COB Visit Montana, Win Hearts over 9/11 Weekend (posted 9/19/21)

In friendly, powerful and emotive ways, many Montanans met the new commanding officer of the future USS MONTANA and its Chief of the Boat recently. And in the process they were reminded of the dedication of our military to remembering…and protecting. Commander Jon Quimby, Commanding Officer of PCU MONTANA (SSN 794) since July, and Master Chief Tim Baldwin, Chief of … Read More

USS MONTANA Ship’s Bell Honor Events on 9/11 Weekend 2021 (posted 8/23/21)

When the young sailors of the future USS MONTANA (SSN 794) take their nuclear-powered fast attack submarine on patrol in defense of our nation, they will carry with them values and courage from their namesake state – and a powerful symbol of them. The warship will carry a new ship’s bell, cast as a submarine-sized replica of the bell aboard … Read More

Progress! On Key Milestones – and Even the Big Sky Saloon… (posted 8/19/21)

Progress continues on board the future USS MONTANA. Commanding Officer CDR Jon Quimby reports that since last month’s reactor certification was completed, other significant milestones have been accomplished along the way to delivery of the MONTANA to the Navy. “First,” says CDR Quimby, “we opened up the ‘Big Sky Saloon’, the nickname of MONTANA’s galley. For our first official meal … Read More

MONTANA’s First CO to Major Nuclear Officer Selection Post; New CO Focused on Next Milestones Toward Commissioning (posted 8/7/21)

Even with normal Navy career progressions and transitions, the pace continues to be fast for Montana’s future namesake warship! At last month’s Change of Command ceremony in which Captain Michael Delaney turned over command of PCU MONTANA to Commander Jon Quimby, both were commended by Commodore, and Commander of Submarine Squadron Six, Jeff Juergens. As part of the ceremony filled … Read More

MONTANA’s Reactor Core is Certified (posted 7/15/21)

The future USS MONTANA’s officers and crew continue to make all of us in Big Sky Country proud as they train and prepare for sea trials. From MONTANA’s pier-side completion location at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, commanding officer CAPT Mike Delaney reports: “MONTANA’s reactor core is now certified! “Following an extensive month-long test program, the crew of … Read More

MONTANA is Launched – Commissioning into the Navy Fleet a Step Closer (posted 3/3/21)

The future USS MONTANA (SSN 794) has been launched in Newport News, Virginia. The nuclear-powered fast attack submarine will be completed pier-side while crew training continues toward sea trials this year. The boat’s commissioning into the Navy fleet is likely in early 2022. In its news release, Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that the 7800-ton Virginia-class submarine was launched into the … Read More