With summer in full swing, you can expect to see a shiny new boat out on the river: the U.S.S. Billings.
“We wanted the ship to have a true Montana experience before it got commissioned,” said Mayor Bill Cole. “That’s why we’re now funding the trek for the ship to travel up the Missouri River to the Yellowstone so it can float between Laurel and Lockwood everyday up until its commissioning in August. There’s no better way to spend the summer.”
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer told the Beet, “It’s unusual that a ship is able to travel to its namesake. Frankly, it’s an honor that Billings has the tremendous opportunity to fund this maiden voyage. I think the last time we tried something like this was with the USS Cheyenne, before we realized we how dangerous it would be to have an attack submarine so close to Yellowstone. This will be much safer for sure.”
“To be honest, I expected there to be more to do in Billings besides drink and float the river,” said USS Billings Commanding Officer Michael Johnson. “But hey, the City of Billings is paying for us to be up here, so yeah I’ll take a free booze cruise.”