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SSN-794 Montana

SSN-794 Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, at the USS Montana (SSN 794) Naming Ceremony in Billings, Montana, Wednesday, September 2, 2015, said " I have one of the coolest jobs in the world. I get to name every Navy ship. But its also a really large responsibility. You get a lot more suggestions than you have opportunities to name. ... "... this special relationship with the people of Montana began 100 years ago over 100 years ago, when the USS Montana, a cruiser commissioned in 1908, transported Sailors and soldiers and Marines and equipment to and from Europe during World War I. But right after World War I she was decommissioned. And later, my predecessors have twice tried to name ships the Montana. Once, the keel from the battleship Montana was laid in 1918, but the ship was never built because of an international treaty. And in 1941 our second attempt to construct a battleship Montana ended when funds were reappropriated for other types of ships. In fact, Montana was the only state in the union that didnt have a battleship named after it through World War II." The next-generation attack submarines will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation's undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. They will have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements.

These submarines will have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert, long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping. They are also designed for special forces delivery and support.

Each Virginia-class submarine is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.

On April 28, 2014, the Navy awarded the contract for ten Virginia Block IV submarines (SSN 792 through SSN 801) that will include improvements to reduce total ownership costs. They cost about $2 billion each. So by buying 10, by allowing these shipyards to make the investments, by allowing them to buy the stuff needed to build a submarine in economic quantities, the Navy was able to get 10 for the price of nine.

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