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Littoral combat ship USS Billings joins the fleet

The crew of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, USS Billings (LCS 15), brings the ship to life during its commissioning ceremony Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Key West, Florida. Billings is the 17th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet.

MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS MARIANNE GUEMO/U.S. NAVY

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 3, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. Navy has commissioned a warship named after Montana's largest city.

The USS Billings, a Freedom Class littoral combat ship, was commissioned in a Saturday ceremony in Key West, Florida.

Democratic U.S. Sen. John Tester addressed the ceremony.

At 388 feet long, the Billings can exceed 40 knots and primarily is designed to conduct anti-submarine, anti-mine and surface warfare close to shore.

Built by a team led by Lockheed Martin Corp., the Billings will be based at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

Its motto: "Big Sky Over Troubled Waters."

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