The United States Navy announced that Key West, Florida would be the site of the commissioning of the USS Billings, a new littoral class combat ship of the navy, in August 2019. The exact date of the commissioning is yet to be announced.
Chair of the USS Billings Commissioning Committee and Billings Mayor Bill Cole said “It’s great to know where the commissioning will occur even if we don’t know the exact date. There’s a lot of work to be done to plan and get ready for the commissioning, so it’s all hands on deck!” “We especially need financial contributions to fund the crew’s travel to Billings, events leading up to the commissioning, and a legacy fund that the captain can use to reward distinguished crew members,” said Cole.
Contributions can be made online by going online to www. ussbillingslcs15. org<http:// www. ussbillingslcs15. org> or contacting Cole or any member of the commissioning committee, including Billings city council member Mike Yakawich, Yellowstone County Commissioner Denis Pitman, or committee coordinator Ron Spence.
The future USS Billings is the 17th littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy and the eighth of the Freedom variant to join the fleet. The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Billings (LCS 15) during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), shipyard, Marinette, Wisconsin, Feb. 1. Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder, part of a Lockheed Martin-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning.
LCS is a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship designed to support focused mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions. The Freedom-variant LCS integrates new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals.