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USS Billings in Lake Michigan

The USS Billings slides into Lake Michigan for the first time at Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin on July 1, 2017.

The Navy in January accepted delivery of the USS Billings, a Freedom-class littoral combat ship, during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. 

The combat ship, which will officially become the USS Billings upon its commissioning in May, is the 17th littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy and the eighth of the Freedom class to join the fleet.

USS Billings inspection

Safety crews surround and inspect the USS Billings after being launched into the water for the first time at Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin on July 1, 2017.

Its delivery marked the official transfer of the Billings from Lockheed Martin, the shipbuilder, to the Navy and is the final step before the ship is commissioned and officially joins the fleet in May. 

Photos: USS Billings meets water for first time

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