A vessel that bears the name of Oklahoma’s second-largest city has been commissioned as the newest warship in the U.S. Navy’s fleet.
The Tulsa was commissioned on Saturday at a pier in San Francisco.
The vessel is an Independence-class littoral combat ship. It’s the eighth ship of its kind in the Navy’s fleet.
This week’s announcement was a positive step for LCS mission module programs, which have been plagued with development delays and certification snafus.
U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma says the vessel is one of the most technologically advanced in the world.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Lankford said the massive vessel does not have a traditional rudder or propeller and operates more like a catamaran and a jet ski with a high draft, sitting just 14 feet (4 meters) in the water.
USS Tulsa (LCS-16) is an Independence-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy. She is the third ship to be named for Tulsa, second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oklahoma.
Tulsa was constructed by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. A ceremonial laying of the keel was held at the Austal USA shipyards in Mobile on 11 January 2016. Former Tulsa mayor Kathy Taylor was the ship’s sponsor, with a delegation of Tulsa officials including incumbent mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. also in attendance. Because the ship was assembled from prefabricated modules, Tulsa was already 60 percent complete at the time of the keel laying.
Tulsa was christened on 11 February 2017 and launched on 16 March 2017, and commissioned on 16 February 2019.
She has been assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One.
The warship features electronic components made by a Tulsa firm, U.S. Pioneer.