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Billings (LCS-15)

The first U.S. navy ship named for the city in Montana. 

(LCS-15: displacement 3,450; length 387.6'; beam 57.7'; draft 14.1'; speed 40+ knots; complement 45+ augmentees that can include an aviation detachment, maritime security mission package, and a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment; armament 1 Mk 110 57 millimeter gun, RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), 2 Mk 44 30 millimeter Bushmaster II guns, and 4 .50 caliber machine guns; aircraft 1 Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawk and 1 Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout; class Freedom

Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., announced the assignment of the name Billings to (LCS-15) on 6 June 2013. The littoral combat ship was laid down at Marinette, Wisc., by Marinette Marine Corp. (Lockheed Martin), on 2 November 2015; launched on 1 July 2017; sponsored by Mrs. Sharla Tester, wife of Senator Jonathan Tester of Montana; completed her acceptance trials in the waters of Lake Michigan on 7 December 2018; and was delivered on 1 February 2019.


Billings launches sideways into the Menominee River at Marinette, Wisc., 1 July 2017. (Courtesy of Lockheed Martin, U.S. Navy Photograph 170701-N-N0101-023, Navy NewsStand)
Caption: Billings launches sideways into the Menominee River at Marinette, Wisc., 1 July 2017. (Courtesy of Lockheed Martin, U.S. Navy Photograph 170701-N-N0101-023, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history pending. 

Mark L. Evans
4 February 2019

Published: Mon Feb 04 12:56:18 EST 2019