The newly christened USS Tulsa is officially seaworthy and will report for duty in late 2018.
The USS Tulsa will be similar to the LCS 4, pictured here.
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Johans Chavarro
Get the facts:
1. Traditionally, a ship sponsor is a female civilian who is chosen to “sponsor” the vessel as a symbol of good luck and protection. The USS Tulsa will be a lucky ship indeed if any of sponsor Kathy Taylor’s determination rubs off on her.
2. Happy Birthday! The USS Tulsa was officially christened on Feb. 11, 2017, making her (appropriately) an Aquarius.
3. As a littoral combat ship (LCS 16), the USS Tulsa will be used for operations close to shore. This class of ship (including LCS 4, pictured here) is known for its stealth and agility. An LCS costs about $337 million to build.
4. Want a taste of life on the high seas? Marshall Brewing Co., one of the ship’s sponsors, recently released its USS Tulsa Oatmeal IPA.
5. Since 1798, the Secretary of the Navy has honored partnerships with cities and states by naming ships to reflect this heritage. The USS Tulsa is the third ship to bear the name Tulsa.
6. Despite being far from the ocean, 490 Tulsans work in shipbuilding-related jobs, and the maritime industry contributes nearly $49 million a year to the city’s economy.