USS Tulsa sets sail
The USS Tulsa, a Navy littoral combat ship, was commissioned Feb. 16 in San Francisco.
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The USS Tulsa, a Navy littoral combat ship, was commissioned Feb. 16 in San Francisco. U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma delivered the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor is the ship’s sponsor.
“This ship is named in honor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but represents more than one city,” says Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “USS Tulsa represents an investment in readiness and lethality, and is a testament to the increased capabilities made possible by a true partnership between the Department of the Navy and our industrial base.”
USS Tulsa is the second naval vessel to honor the city. The first USS Tulsa was an Asheville-class gunboat designated as PG-22 that served from 1923-1944 before being renamed Tacloban. She earned two battle stars for World War II service. A cruiser to be named USS Tulsa also was authorized for construction during World War II, but the contract was canceled before it was built.