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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)
|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 courtesy of Lockheed Martin, from the Navy Newstand)
|217k||16 June 2017: Marinette, Wis. - The 15th littoral combat ship, the future USS Billings (LCS 15) is pictured next to the Menominee River ahead of its christening
on 01 July 2017. Once commissioned, LCS-15 will be the first ship named Billings in naval service.
(U.S. Navy photo #170616-N-N0101-320 courtesy of Lockheed Martin, from the Navy Newstand)
|467k||01 July 2017: Marinette, Wis. - The future USS Billings (LCS 15) is pictured sitting in the launch cradle next to the Menominee River on the morning of her
launching. Already in the river, just ahead of the launch area is the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9).
(U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, from the Navy Newstand)
Lcdr., USN (ret.)
|297k||01 July 2017: Marinette, Wis. - LCS-15's sponsor Sharla Tester, the wife of Montana Sen. Jon Tester, the ranking member of the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee, christens
the future USS Billings. Once commissioned, LCS-15 will be the first ship of its name in naval service.
(U.S. Navy photo #170701-N-N0101-021 courtesy of Lockheed Martin, from the Navy Newstand)
|631k||01 July 2017: Marinette, Wis. - The U.S. Navy's future USS Billings (LCS 15) launches sideways into the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin, following its christening by
ship sponsor Sharla Tester.
(U.S. Navy photo #170701-N-N0101-023 courtesy of Lockheed Martin, from the Navy Newstand)
|View the USS Billings (LCS 15) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
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