THE USS MONTANA, A VIRGINIA Class nuclear fast attack submarine under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding, is scheduled to join the U.S. Navy fleet in 2020. She will be lethal, able to protect carrier and expeditionary strike groups, as well as hunt and destroy enemy attack and missile submarines and surface ships.
Equipped with the most advanced stealth technology, the USS Montana will be able to deploy and detect mines, launch Tomahawk cruise missiles and insert entire platoon-size Navy SEAL teams—all while submerged. She will also have the ability to precisely navigate in shallower waters to approach any enemy.
Navy Cmdr. Michael F. Delaney— a native of Hackensack, New Jersey— has been named the first commanding officer of the USS Montana. An experienced and decorated officer, Cmdr. Delaney is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has served aboard both ballistic missile and attack submarines. His shore assignments have included key positions on the staff of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear/Missile Defense Policy and the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board. He also served as the Submarine Junior Officer Detailer at Navy Personnel Command and the Submarine Squadron 12 Deputy for Readiness.
“All of us who will serve aboard the USS Montana have a deep appreciation for the values, courage, heritage and history of our boat’s namesake state,” says Cmdr. Delaney. “These Montana attributes contribute to the strength and purpose of our crew as we defend our nation.”
Kahn, a Las Vegas, Nevada, native, is the second in command and brings unique skills and perspectives to his position. He began his Navy career in the enlisted ranks, serving aboard a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Commissioned as an officer in 2004, he served aboard a nuclear ballistic missile submarine and three nuclear-powered fast attack submarines. His shore tours included instructing Prospective Nuclear Engineer Officers and serving as a Strategic Planner with the U.S. Strategic Command.
Dassau, a Jacksonville, North Carolina, native, is the senior enlisted advisor onboard and brings along exceptional leadership experience. He served aboard nuclear ballistic missile submarines and nuclear-powered fast attack submarines. His previous shore assignments include a strategic weapons facility specializing in electronic system security and instructing at a submarine training facility.
Christening, or officially naming the USS Montana, will be scheduled when she is nearly ready for launch. Commissioning, or the official transfer of SSN 794 from Newport News Shipbuilding to the U.S. Navy Fleet in May of 2020, will come after completion of sea trials and the USS Montana is certified by the Navy. Following commissioning, the USS Montana is expected to serve our nation with a range of missions around the world for more than three decades.