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Committee gathering support for USS Montana nuclear sub


January 18, 2018

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The future Virginia-class attack submarine USS Illinois, the same class of ship as the USS Montana now under construction, conducts sea trials Aug. 1, 2016.

Montanans will soon have more reason to be proud as the USS Montana, the first nuclear attack submarine to bear the name of the Treasure State, is scheduled to join the U.S. Navy fleet in 2020.

The sub is scheduled for completion in 2019, said Bill Whitsitt, the chairman of the USS Montana Committee, who spoke in Havre Wednesday in a statewide tour that aims to tell people about the sub and gather support for it.

After a year of sea trials, the USS Montana will be commissioned and transferred from Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia to the U.S. fleet. It is too early to tell where the U...

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