New Navy submarine named for Montana launched in Virginia

HELENA — The U.S. Navy announced that the USS Montana, a Virginia-class submarine, launched Wednesday in Newport News, VA.

Wednesday’s launch brings the USS Montana one step closer to being commissioned into the Navy fleet.

Huntington Ingalls Industries constructed the submarine. According to the company, the Montana had been dry-docked in since October.

In launching, the Montana was submerged and towed to a pier where it will be completed.