Navy accepts future attack under Montana, docks ship Fort Lauderdale


The Navy has accepted delivery of two future ships: the fast attack submarine Montana and the amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale.

Huntington Ingalls Industries delivered Montana on March 12. Her sea trials, which ended in February, included submerging the submarine for the first time and performing high-speed maneuvers on the surface and underwater.

“The delivery of this ship reflects an enormous effort on the part of the Navy and Industry shipbuilding teams,” said Captain Todd Weeks, Virginia Class program manager, in a press release from the Navy. Marine. “This is an exciting time for the program, the Montana crew and the Navy.”

“It’s the second Virginia-class submarine to be delivered in less than a month, and it’s in excellent condition,” Weeks said. “Continued deliveries of attack submarines are critical to the fleet and our national maritime strategy.”

The construction of the submarine began in 2015, and the ship is the third Block IV configured submarine. He was baptized in 2020.

Montana is the second U.S. Navy ship to bear this name, the first being an armored cruiser commissioned in 1908.

Additionally, Huntington Ingalls delivered the Fort Lauderdale to the Navy on March 11 after recently concluding sea and dockside trials. The ship is the company’s 12th San Antonio-class amphibious transport ship.

The Fort Lauderdale will carry Marines and is equipped with a flight deck compatible with several Marine Corps helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey.

“Due to the ship’s inherent capabilities, they are capable of supporting a variety of amphibious assault, special operations, expeditionary warfare or disaster relief missions, operating independently or as part of amphibious readiness groups. , expeditionary strike groups or joint task forces,” the Navy said in a statement.

Other San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships under construction are the Richard M. McCool Jr. and the Harrisburg.

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