A Salute to Veterans — and Future Veterans (posted 11/11/20)

We’re reminded especially each Veterans Day of the sacrifices our veterans have made for all of us in defense of our nation. We’re also reminded of the sacrifices made by their families. We salute them all. We also salute our future veterans who are serving currently, and who will in the future, including aboard the USS MONTANA and in all … Read More

On the move: MONTANA readies for launch… (posted 10/19/20)

The future USS MONTANA will soon be in the water, thanks to its being moved into a floating dry dock at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. That task was completed over three days — in a transit of some one thousand feet from the MOF, or Modular Outfitting Facility, in which the MONTANA has been coming together. It meant that … Read More

Crew embraces “Big Sky Best”… (posted 10/17/20)

All Montanans can be proud of the future USS MONTANA’s crew — and the excitement and dedication they have about being and doing their best. Commanding Officer CAPT. Mike Delaney provided the following: MONTANA COMMITTEE HELPS RAISE CREW MORALE                On a fall Saturday afternoon, you may notice some college football teams with a bunch of small stickers affixed to … Read More

MONTANA Christened! (posted 9/12/20)

With a smash of the bottle and a spray of its sparkling wine, sponsor Sally Jewell proclaimed this morning, “I christen thee United States Ship Montana! God Bless this submarine and all who sail in her!” This climax of a moving and meaningful virtual christening ceremony marked the future USS MONTANA’s readiness for launch, and the beginning of a final … Read More

MONTANA Christening Date Set / Float Launched /Crew Plans 7.94km Run (posted 7/3/20)

The christening, or ceremonial naming of the Montana’s namesake warship in connection with its launching is now scheduled for September 12! This is the ceremony during which our Ship Sponsor, Sally Jewell, is expected to break a bottle of sparkling wine against the hull of PCU MONTANA SSN 794, proclaiming the traditional words, “”In the name of the United States, … Read More

Future USS MONTANA Gets a Float (posted 6/12/20)

Big Sky Country support for the future USS MONTANA and her crew members comes in many, often surprising, ways — and delights us every time we see it! Consider the MONTANA float now being scheduled to travel the state as parades and other events are being re-scheduled. Thanks to the Montana Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) … Read More

CO on COVID-19 and PCU MONTANA: Mission Not Deterred (posted 6/4/20)

In view of the global novel coronavirus pandemic and reports of effects across all sectors of our society, we recently asked the commanding officer of PCU (pre-commissioning unit) MONTANA about how things are going with its construction and the crew’s training. Here is Commander Michael Delaney’s response: COVID-19 has not deterred the mission to deliver PCU MONTANA to the Navy … Read More

Crew Training Intensifies as Boat Completion Comes Closer (posted 4/26/20)

With the future USS MONTANA (currently designated PCU, or Pre-Commissioning Unit MONTANA SSN 794) now more than 80% completed, the crew’s training has ramped up considerably. When MONTANA is commissioned into the U.S. Navy fleet, likely in late 2021, she’ll be the most modern submarine afloat, with her crew among the best-trained anywhere. We recently asked the MONTANA’s Commanding Officer, … Read More