Future USS Tulsa delivered to Navy
MOBILE, Ala. -- The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during a ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, on April 30.
Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS-16 from the shipbuilder, an Austal USA-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for late 2018 in San Francisco.
"Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Tulsa, as transfer occurs to the Navy and she enters service," said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. "I look forward to celebrating the commissioning of this fine ship alongside the crew later this year in San Francisco."
Tulsa is the 13th littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy and the eighth of the Independence variant to join the fleet. The Independence variant is noted for its unique trimaran hull and its large flight deck.
"We look forward to welcoming the future USS Tulsa and crew in San Diego later this year," said Capt. Matthew McGonigle, commander of LCS Squadron One. "Bringing a ship to life is no small task and I commend the crew for their hard work and dedication to their ship and to the LCS community."
The squadron supports the operational commanders with warships ready for tasking by manning, training, equipping and maintaining littoral combat ships on the west coast.
Following commissioning, Tulsa will be home-ported in San Diego.