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Sep 29, 2010 1:08 PM by Marnee Banks (KXLH)

Navy's USS Helena honored in namesake city

The U.S. Navy has a very special tie to the City of Helena, despite the fact that the Queen City is hundreds of miles away from an ocean.

Dating back more than 100 years, the Navy fleet has included several different forms of the USS Helena.

A handful of current crew members and the USS Helena's Commander are visiting Helena over the next few days, and on Tuesday they told a group of residents about the history of "the Helena."

The first USS Helena sailed the waters for the first time in 1897, and the second incarnation operated as a light cruiser in World War II. The third USS Helena was a heavy cruiser used in the Korean War.

Most recently, in 1987, the fourth USS Helena was commissioned as a nuclear attack sub and is still active.

Helena Mayor Jim Smith read a statement during the event: "I, the Mayor of the City of Helena, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, September 28th, 2010, as USS Helena day in the City of Helena, Montana. In honor of the submarine named after our great city and in celebration of the city's continuing relationship with the USS Helena."

You can learn much more about all of the USS Helena ships at USSHelena.org.

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