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BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Tulsa (LCS 16)

Specifications - LCS Littoral Combat Ship, Independence Class (Variant 2, Flight 0, first generation):
Hull Type: Stabilized Trimaran Monohull
Displacement: 2176 tons (light), 2784 tons (full)
Dead Weight: 608 tons
Length: 418' (oa)
Beam: 93.2' (extreme)
Draft: 13' (Maximum Navigational Draft)
Propulsion: Two gas turbine engines, two propulsion diesels, two waterjets
Speed: 47 kts (sprint), 50+ kts (top speed)
Armament: Bofors 57mm naval gun; Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher; 4 - .50 caliber machine gun mounts
Combat Management System: Northrup Grumman ICMS
Electronics: Ericsson Sea Giraffe (air / surface surveillance, weapon assignment);
Decoy System: 3 - Super RBOC; 2 - Nulka Decoy launchers
Complement: 26
Tulsa (LCS 16) Building and Operational Data:
  • 04 March 2013: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp.
  • 06 June 2013: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 16 will be named USS Tulsa.
  • 11 January 2016: Keel laid and authenticated by former Tulsa mayor Kathryn L. Taylor, ship's sponsor, at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
  • 11 February 2017: Christened by the ship's sponsor, Adm. William F. Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, delivered the ceremony's principal address.
  • 15 March 2017: Rolled out of fabrication and placed on a floating dry-dock, transported downriver to BAE Systems facility.
  • 16 March 2017: Launched by flooding the dry-dock at BAE Systems facility.
  • 30 April 2018: At a ceremony held in Mobile, Ala. the U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Tulsa

    1.) The contract option awarded to Lockheed Martin Corporation is managed by Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors division in Moorestown NJ. The Lockheed Martin team includes: Marinette Marine shipyard, Bollinger Shipyards, Gibbs and Cox naval architects, Izar of Spain and Blohm & Voss naval shipbuilders.

    2.) The contract option awarded to General Dynamics is managed by Bath Iron Works at Bath, Me. The major members of General Dynamics team are: Austal USA, based in Mobile, Ala.; BAE Systems, Rockville, Md; Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, Baltimore, Md; CAE Marine Systems, Leesburg, Va.; Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Baltimore, Md; General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington, Vt.; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn.; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Washington, D.C.; and General Dynamics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

    "Tulsa, The Ship"     -    "Tulsa, The People"

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    Independence 102k 27 May 2004: Washington DC - The U.S. Navy announced today that General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, will be one of two defense contracting teams awarded contract options for final system design with options for detail design and construction of up to two Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The LCS is an entirely new breed of U.S. Navy warship. A fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, LCS's modular, focused-mission design will provide Combatant Commanders the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure maritime dominance and access for the joint force. LCS will operate with focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute missions including, Special Operations Forces (SOF) support, high-speed transit, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP).
    (Artist concept provided to the U.S. Navy courtesy of General Dynamics, Photo #040527-O-0000G-004, from the Navy Newstand)
    Independence 492k undated: Mobile, Ala. - An aerial view of the Austal USA shipyard, the American branch of operations for Australian shipbuilder Austal. Founded in 1999 along the west bank of Blakely Island on the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama. The shipyard was initially engaged in building high-speed aluminum ferries, such as the Lake Express for service across Lake Michigan, and the Alakai for Hawaii Superferry. Construction on the first Littoral Combat Ship of the USS Independence variant was begun in 2006. In conjunction with the General Dynamics Corp., all of the planned Independence Class LCS's will be built here.
    (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
    Tulsa 204k 11 January 2016: Mobile, Ala. - Kathryn L. Taylor, former mayor of Tulsa, Okla., sponsor of the future littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16), etches her initials into the ship's keel plate with the help of Austal welder Brandon Myers during a keel laying ceremony Jan. 11 at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #160111-N-LR483-033 by David Stoltz from the Navy Newstand)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Tulsa 133k 10 February 2017: Tulsa, Okla. A painting of the future littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) was presented to the ship at a reception the evening before her christening. Painted by Tulsa artist and Navy veteran Jay O'Melia, the painting will sail proudly aboard the real ship.
    (Photo from the News On 6 Television Station, Tulsa, Okla.)
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    11 February 2017: Mobile, Ala. - An eight view series of the activities and christening of PCU Tulsa (LCS 16).
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
    Tulsa 328k 15 March 2017: Mobile, Ala. The future littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) is secured to the Crowley launch barge in preparation for the short journey down the Mobile River to BAE Ship Systems where she will be transferred into the dry dock for the final stage of the launch process.
    (U.S. Navy Photo # 170315-N-N2201-003 from the Navy Newstand)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr., USN (ret.)
    Tulsa 364k 15 March 2017: Mobile, Ala. An aerial view of the future littoral combat ship Tulsa on the launch barge.
    (U.S. Navy Photo # 170315-N-N2201-004 from the Navy Newstand)
    Tulsa 319k 16 March 2017: Mobile, Ala. The future littoral combat ship Tulsa rises level with the Mobile River as the BAE Ship Systems drydock floods during the final stage of the launch process.
    (U.S. Navy Photo # 170316-N-N2201-001 from the Navy Newstand)
    Tulsa 214k 16 March 2017: Mobile, Ala. The future littoral combat ship Tulsa prepares to float out of the drydock at BAE Ship Systems in Mobile, Ala., and make a short trip upriver to Austal USA.
    (U.S. Navy Photo # 170316-N-N2201-002 from the Navy Newstand)
    Tulsa 370k 16 March 2017: Mobile, Ala. Future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) is heading back to Austal USA after launching from the drydock at BAE Ship Systems. She's passing Austal's vessel completion yard where USNS Yuma (EPF 8), future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and future USS Omaha (LCS 12) are docked.
    (U.S. Navy Photo # 170316-N-N2201-003 from the Navy Newstand)
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    07 - 08 March 2018: the Gulf of Mexico - A five view series of PCU Tulsa (LCS 16) underway for acceptance trials.
    (© Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)


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    Wolfgang Hechler

    Tulsa History
    View the USS Tulsa (LCS 16) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

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