The U.S. Navy provides 2,000 jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma and adds $161 million to Oklahoma’s GDP. A new warship to be christened the USS Tulsa is underway in Alabama.
… the new USS Tulsa will be one of the most innovative vessels in decades, an Independence class littoral combat ship. Designated LCS-16 and currently under construction by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, the USS Tulsa is one of 10 to 12 ships with the distinctive trimaran design that are scheduled to be added to the U.S. fleet over the next decade.
“They are very big, very fast, shallow draft and modular,” Mabus [Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy] said during a naming ceremony Tuesday morning at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 577. …
The christening for LCS-16 is expected next fall, with commissioning in early 2018. The USS Tulsa is expected to be based in San Diego. Source:Tulsa World
This new class of war ship (LCS) is designed to operated in the “littoral zone,” meaning “close to shore.”
The new USS Tulsa is preceded by the former USS Tulsa, a PG-22 class gunboat. She received numerous campaign awards before leaving service in 1946: Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, Yangtze Service Medal, China Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two battle stars, WWII Victory Medal and the American Defense Service Medal with two battle stars.
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