USS Billings Due today

the Latest Littoral Combat ship is due to stop in Halifax, late this afternoon. USS Billings collided with the cargo ship Rosaire A. Desgagnes June 21 while departing from its berth at the port of Montreal bound for Halifax. The ship looks to be scheduled to Tie up at Shearwater, perhaps in an attempt to arrive quietly.

Video of the USS BILLINGS hitting the ROSAIRE A. DESGAGNÉS minutes after departing it’s berth at the Port of Montreal. Video credit : Shipspotting Canada via Anonymous

Posted by Steve Geronazzo on Monday, June 24, 2019
video of the collision was posted to Facebook.

USS Billings Captain, Cmdr. Michael Johnson was relived of command after the incident. Word from the river was that the Johnson was arrogant captain, which would explain how you sail into the ship behind you with 2 tugs and a pilot aboard.

Command was turned over to Cmdr. Nate Rowan, who successfully brought USS Wichita out of the river.

USS billings is the 7th Freedom class Littoral combat ship, built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri at Martin Marinette shipyard in Wisconsin.  Of the 7 ships of the class, on their trip out of the lakes to their homeport, one was damaged in a lock, two suffered engine failures, and 1 spent an unplanned winter in Montreal due to ice.

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