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Combat ship USS Billings joins the fleet

August 3, 2019
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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, officers and crewmembers line decks and the gangway of the USS Billings Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Key West, Fla., during a commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy's newest littoral combat ship. At 388 feet long (118 meters long), the Billings can exceed 40 knots and primarily is designed to conduct anti-submarine, anti-mine and surface warfare close to shore. Built by a team led by Lockheed Martin Corp., the Billings will be based at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, officers and crewmembers line decks and the gangway of the USS Billings Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Key West, Fla., during a commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy's newest littoral combat ship. At 388 feet long (118 meters long), the Billings can exceed 40 knots and primarily is designed to conduct anti-submarine, anti-mine and surface warfare close to shore. Built by a team led by Lockheed Martin Corp., the Billings will be based at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Navy has commissioned a warship named after Montana’s largest city.

The USS Billings, a Freedom Class littoral combat ship, was commissioned in a Saturday ceremony in Key West, Florida.

Democratic U.S. Sen. John Tester addressed the ceremony.

At 388 feet long (118 meters long), the Billings can exceed 40 knots and primarily is designed to conduct anti-submarine, anti-mine and surface warfare close to shore.

Built by a team led by Lockheed Martin Corp., the Billings will be based at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

Its motto: “Big Sky Over Troubled Waters.”