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Tulsa II (LCS-16)

2019

The second U.S. navy ship named for the city in Oklahoma. The first Tulsa was laid down as Gunboat No. 22 on 9 December 1919, reclassified to a patrol gunboat (PG-22) on 17 July 1920, renamed Tacloban on 27 November 1944, and served from 1923–1946. On 27 November 1944, the name Tulsa was assigned to a heavy cruiser (CA-129), but the contract for her construction was cancelled on 12 August 1945—before the ship’s keel had been laid. 

II 

(LCS-16: displacement 3,200; length 421.5'; beam 103.7'; draft 15.1'; speed 40+ knots; complement 40+ augmentees; armament 1 Mk 110 57 millimeter gun, RIM-116 SeaRAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) defense system, and 4 .50 caliber machine guns; aircraft 2 Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawks and 1 Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout; class Independence

Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr. announced the assignment of the name Tulsa to LCS-16 on 6 June 2013. She was laid down on 11 January 2016 at Mobile, Ala., by Austal USA; sponsored by Mrs. Kathryn L. Taylor, former major of Tulsa, Okla., and CEO of ImpactTulsa; was christened on 11 February 2017; launched on 16 March 2017; completed her acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico on 8 March 2018; delivered on 30 April 2018; and was commissioned on 16 February 2019, at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, Calif., Cmdr. Drew A. Borovies in command.

Kathryn L. Taylor, the ship’s sponsor, authenticates the keel by welding her initials onto an aluminum plate that will be placed in the hull of the ship, assisted by Austal welder Brandon Myers, at Mobile, Ala., 11 January 2016. (David Stoltz, U.S. Navy Photograph 160111-N-LR483-033, Navy Photo Gallery)
Kathryn L. Taylor, the ship’s sponsor, authenticates the keel by welding her initials onto an aluminum plate that will be placed in the hull of the ship, assisted by Austal welder Brandon Myers, at Mobile, Ala., 11 January 2016. (David Stoltz, U.S. Navy Photograph 160111-N-LR483-033, Navy Photo Gallery)

Tulsa completes her acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, 8 March 2018. (U.S. Navy photograph courtesy of Austal USA)
Caption: Tulsa completes her acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, 8 March 2018. (U.S. Navy photograph courtesy of Austal USA)

Detailed history pending. 

Mark L. Evans
20 February 2019

Published: Wed Feb 20 08:36:30 EST 2019