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|172k||27 May 2004: Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Navy announced today that Lockheed Martin Corporation - Maritime Systems & Sensors Division, Moorestown, N.J., will be one of two defense contracting teams awarded contract options for final system design with options for detail design and construction of up to two Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The LCS is an entirely new breed of U.S. Navy warship. A fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, LCS's modular, focused-mission design will provide Combatant Commanders the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure maritime dominance and access for the joint force. LCS will operate with focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute missions including, Special Operations Forces (SOF) support, high-speed transit, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP). (Artist concept provided to the U.S. Navy courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Photo #040527-O-0000L-003, from the Navy News Stand)||Navsource|
|259k||02 September 2015: Billings, Mont. - Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks at a dual ship-naming ceremony for the Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Billings (LCS 15) and future Virginia-class attack submarine, USS Montana (SSN 794), at Metra Park Rimrock Auto Arena. Mabus thanked the people of Montana for their support and contributions to the Navy and discussed the special bond that exists between a state and its namesake vessel. (U.S. Navy photo #150902-N-AC887-001 by MCC Sam Shavers, from the Navy Newstand)|
|259k||03 November 2015: Marinette, Wis. - A welder authenticates the keel by welding the initials of the ship's sponsor, Mrs. Sharla D. Tester, onto the keel plate of the U.S. Navy's fifteenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Keel Laying is the formal recognition of the start of the ship and module construction process. (U.S. Navy photo #151103-N-XX501-014 by Lockheed Martin, from the Navy Newstand)|
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