Navy commissions LCS Tulsa from Austal

Littoral Combat Ship Uss Tulsa Lcs 16 Commissioned Into The U.s. Navy 770x410

(SAN FRANCISCO0 — The littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) was commissioned into the U.S. Navy during a ceremony in San Francisco on Saturday, Naval News reported.

USS Tulsa is the 15th littoral combat ship and the eighth of the Austal-built Independence-class. The ship will transit to San Diego to join Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1 and eight other littoral combat ships currently home-ported at Naval Base San Diego.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Independence-variant team is led by Austal USA of Mobile, Ala. (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls). The Freedom-variant team is led by Lockheed Martin of Marinette, Wis. (for the odd-numbered hulls).

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By Professional Mariner Staff