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Don McGrogan,
BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Billings (LCS 15)

Specifications - LCS Littoral Combat Ship - Freedom Class (Variant 1, Flight 0, first generation):
Hull Type: Semi-planing Monohull
Displacement: 2135 tons (light), 2862 tons (full) Dead Weight: 727 tons
Length: 324 (wl), 378.9' (oa)
Beam: 43' (wl), 57' (extreme)
Draft: 13' (navigational), 14' (draft limit)
Propulsion: Two Rolls-Royce MT30 36MW gas turbines, FM Colt-Pielstick 16PA6B STC diesel engines driving four Rolls-Royce waterjets
Auxiliary Power: Four Isotta Fraschini Model V1708 ship service diesel generator sets
Speed: 45 kts
Armament: BAE Systems Land and Armaments Mk110 57mm naval gun system
Combat Management System: Lockheed Martin open architecture COMBATSS-21
Electronics: EADS TRS-3D C-band radar (air / surface surveillance, weapon assignment)
Decoy System: Soft-Kill Weapon System (SKWS) decoy launcher from Terma A/S of Denmark
Complement: 26
Billings (LCS 15) Building and Operational Data:
  • 04 March 2013: Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • 06 June 2013: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 15 will be named USS Billings
  • 02 November 2015: Keel laid at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard; keel authenticated by Mrs. Sharla Tester, wife of Montana Sen. Jon Tester
  • 01 July 2017: Christened by Mrs. Sharla Tester and launched; Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., delivered the ceremony's principal address

    1.) The contract option awarded to Lockheed Martin Corporation is managed by Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors division in Moorestown, N.J. The Lockheed Martin team includes: Marinette Marine shipyard, Bollinger Shipyards, Gibbs and Cox naval architects, Izar of Spain and Blohm & Voss naval shipbuilders.

    2.) The contract option awarded to General Dynamics is managed by Bath Iron Works at Bath ME. The major members of General Dynamics team are: Austal USA, based in Mobile AL; BAE Systems, Rockville MD; Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, Baltimore MD; CAE Marine Systems, Leesburg VA; Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Baltimore MD; General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington VT; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton CT; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Washington DC; and General Dynamics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

    "Billings, The Ship"     -    "Billings, The People"

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    Freedom 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)
    Billings 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)
    Billings 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)
    Billings 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)
    Ron Reeves
    Billings 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)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Billings 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)
    Ron Reeves
    Billings 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)

    Billings Memorabilia

    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler

    Billings History
    View the USS Billings (LCS 15) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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