Fu­ture USS Tulsa de­liv­ered to Navy

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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.

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