Future USS Billings completes acceptance trials

    The future USS Billings completing its acceptance trials on Lake Michigan (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)<p>{/p}

    MARINETTE (WLUK) -- The future USS Billings is one step closer to being delivered to the U.S. Navy next year.

    Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 15 has completed its acceptance trials on Lake Michigan.

    It is the eighth Freedom-variant LCS designed and built by Lockheed Martin.

    The trials included a full-power run, maneuverability testing and surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship's combat system.

    "I am extremely proud of our LCS team including our shipbuilders at Fincantieri Marinette Marine," said Jan Allman, Fincantieri Marinette Marine president and CEO. "These are complex vessels, and it takes a strong team effort to design, build and test these American warships."

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