MARINETTE, Wis. – The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Billings during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard earlier this month.
According to a press release issued Friday, the ceremony was held Feb. 1.
The future USS Billings is the 17th littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy and the eighth of the Freedom variant to join the fleet.
Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder, part of a Lockheed Martin-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for later this year.