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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Virginia Class (Block IV) Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Naming Ceremony by SecNav Ray Mabus 2 September 2015
    Keel Authenticated 16 May 2018 - Christened 12 September 2020
    Launched 3 March 2021 - Delivered to the USN 18 March 2022

  2. Commissioned 25 June 2022

"May It Defend Our Way Of Life"

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Montana SSN-794 Covers Page 1     (2015-2022)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
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Cover Image

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

"Christening Sta."

Newport News VA


Christening, cachet by Richard D. Jones.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the 41st state, MONTANA

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name MONTANA - USS Montana ACR-13, USS Montana BB-51 (Cancelled), USS Montana BB-67 (Cancelled) and USS Montana SSN-794.

The ships sponsor is Former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. During the Keel Authentication Ceremony, Mariah Gladstone, a young woman from the Blackfeet Nation in Montana, performed a Native American blessing of the ship.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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