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.
(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.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
20 February 2019