USS BILLINGS LCS 15
The Billings (LCS 15) is the eighth ship in the Freedom-class littoral combat ships and the first ship in the United States Navy to be named after the largest city in Montana.
November 2, 2015 The keel authentication ceremony for the LCS 15 was held at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
July 1, 2017 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Billings was christened and launched during an 11 a.m. CST ceremony at Marinette Marine shipyard. Mrs. Sharla D. Tester, the wife of Sen. Jonathan Tester (D-MT), served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Nathan D. Rowan is the prospective commanding officer.
November 18, 2018 The Billings departed Marinette shipyard for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha) trials on Lake Michigan; Day-long underway for acceptance trials on Dec. 6.
February 1, 2019 U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Billings during a short ceremony aboard the ship at Marinette Marine shipyard.