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USS Billings (LCS-15)

 

USS Billings (LCS-15)

Shown here is sister-ship USS Freedom underway on sea trials in February 2013 before her first deployment
History
United States
Name: Billings
Namesake: Billings, MT
Awarded: 4 March 2013[1]
Builder: Marinette Marine
Status: Under construction
General characteristics
Class & type: Freedom-class littoral combat ship
Displacement: 3,500 metric tons (3,900 short tons) full load[2]
Length: 378.3 ft (115.3 m)
Beam: 57.4 ft (17.5 m)
Draft: 13.0 ft (4.0 m)
Propulsion: 2 Rolls-Royce MT30 36 MW gas turbines, 2 Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, 4 Rolls-Royce waterjets
Speed: 45 knots (52 mph; 83 km/h) (sea state 3)
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)[3]
Endurance: 21 days (336 hours)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
11 m RHIB, 40 ft (12 m) high-speed boats
Complement: 15 to 50 core crew, 75 mission crew (Blue and Gold crews)
Armament:
Aircraft carried:
Aviation facilities: Flight Deck, Hangar Bay
Notes: Electrical power is provided by 4 Isotta Fraschini V1708 diesel engines with Hitzinger generator units rated at 800 kW each.

USS Billings (LCS-15) will be a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy.[1] It will be the first ship in naval service named after Billings, Montana.[4] Marinette Marine was awarded the contract to build the ship on March 4, 2013.[1] Construction began on October 20, 2014, with an expected delivery date of 2017.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Billings". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Littoral Combat Ship Class - LCS". America's Navy. US Navy. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Freedom Class LCS Littoral Combat Ship". Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Navy to name combat ship USS Billings". Billings Gazette. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Start Of Construction on LCS 15 Billings" (PDF). The Beacon (Marinette Marine) (Holiday 2014): 3. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
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