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US Navy - Attack Submarine

SSN 765 - USS Montpelier


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Type, class: Attack Submarine, nuclear propulsion - SSN; Los Angeles class (Flight III / 688i - improved)

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock, Newport News, Virginia, USA



Awarded: February 6, 1987

Laid down: May 19, 1989

Launched: August 23, 1991

Commissioned: March 13, 1993



Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia

Namesake: City of Montpelier, Vermont

Ships Motto: AUDACES FORTUNA JUVAT (fortune favours the bold)

Technical Data: see: INFO > Los Angeles class Attack Submarine - SSN



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Atlantic Ocean - October 2012

Atlantic Ocean - October 2012

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Norfolk, Virginia - February 2012

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USS Montpelier background) returns to Norfolk - February 2012

Norfolk, Virginia - February 2012

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Norfolk, Virginia - April 2011

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Norfolk, Virginia - December 2010

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change of command ceremony - Norfolk, Virginia - November 2010

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Sonar Technician 2nd Class Earl Patterson and Machinist's Mate Fireman Michael McCord tighten the locking straps on an exercise torpedo
before transporting it to it's storage position aboard USS Montpelier (SSN 765). Montpelier is onloading exercise weapons in preparation for an
upcoming tactical readiness evaluation - Norfolk, Virginia - September 2010

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2009

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2009

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2009

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2009

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2009

change of command ceremony - Norfolk, Virginia - July 2008

Norfolk, Virginia - May 2008

Norfolk, Virginia - May 2008

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - April 2008

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - April 2008

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - April 2008

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - November 2007

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - November 2007

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - November 2007

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2007

Norfolk, Virginia - August 2005

Norfolk, Virginia - July 2003

Norfolk, Virginia - July 2003

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trials - 1992



christening ceremony - 1991


USS Montpelier (SSN 765):

The third Montpelier (SSN-765) was laid down on 19 May 1989 at Newport News, Va., by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.; launched on 23 August 1991; sponsored by Mrs. Nancy H. Sununu, wife of White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu; and was commissioned on 13 March 1993 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Cmdr. Victor R. Fiebig in command.

Montpelier, Cmdr. William J. Frake in command, deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom I, from 10 January - 10 July 2003. On 21 and 22 March, she joined 29 other U.S. and British ships and submarines that fired UGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) against Iraqi military targets. Montpelier fired a total of 20 TLAMs during the war, and on 3 December 2003, Frake received the Bronze Star for his command of the attack submarine during these battles.

On 27 May 2004 Montpelier went through an 18-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The ship and crew completed this period three months ahead of schedule and, after successfully completing sea trials returned to their home port in Virginia. The boat entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 5 February 2010 for modernization, maintenance, and upgrades, expected to cost around $35 million for 640,000-man hours, and included changing the submarine's buoyancy characteristics and upgrading its sonar capabilities. The work was completed and the sub returned to the fleet on 26 July 2010, eight days earlier than scheduled.

Montpelier, Cmdr. Thomas Winter in command, collided with guided missile cruiser San Jacinto (CG-56), at around 1530 on 13 October 2012. The submarined carried out training with the Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Carrier Strike Group - also including guided missile destroyer Gravely (DDG-107) - off the coast of Florida when the two vessels collided. Neither reported any casualties, but Montpelier came about and the following day began an initial assessment of her damage at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. San Jacinto assessed her injuries when she returned to port at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Winter was subsequently relieved of his command in the wake of the mishap.

source: US Naval History & Heritage Command





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