NAVY Names a Ship After Billings
The largest city in Montana is one of five cities in the U.S. that recently received the honor of having a ship named after them.
According to KTVQ in Billings
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.
"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."
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.