Posted: Jun 6, 2013 3:53 PM by Q2 News
Updated: Jun 6, 2013 5:20 PM
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today one of the next Navy vessels will be named after the city of Billings. A littoral combat ships, a ship that patrols close to shore, will be named USS Billings.
Billings is among 5 cities to receive notification today their communities would receive this designation.
"It is my privilege as secretary of the Navy to name these ships after five great American cities," said Mabus. "Several cities will be represented for the first time in the Navy fleet, establishing a new connection and tradition that forms a bond between a city's residents and the sailors and Marines who serve in its namesake ship. For decades to come, these ships will sail in the fleet, building partnerships and projecting power around the world."
The littoral ship will be the first named for Billings. These ships are designed to defeat growing littoral (shoreline) threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters. A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.
USS Billings is a Freedom-variant littoral combat ship and will be constructed by Lockheed Martin with Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis. This ship will be 378 feet long, have a beam length of 57.4 feet and travel at speeds in excess of 40 knots.