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|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
(Artist concept provided to the U.S. Navy courtesy of General Dynamics, Photo #040527-O-0000G-004, from the Navy Newstand)
|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 AUSTAL, USA)
|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)
Lcdr., USN (ret.)
|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)
|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)
Lcdr., USN (ret.)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
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)
|455k||21 November 2018: San Diego, Cal. - The future littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) arrives at its new homeport at Naval Base San Diego after completing
its maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Tulsa is the eighth ship in the littoral combat ship Independence-variant class and is scheduled for
commissioning 16 Feb. 2019 in San Francisco.
(U.S. Navy Photo #181121-N-CZ893-0076 by MC3 Jason Isaacs from the Navy Newstand)
|455k||21 November 2018: San Diego, Cal. - The future USS Tulsa arrives at its new homeport at Naval Base San Diego after completing its maiden voyage from Mobile, Alabama.
(U.S. Navy Photo #181121-N-CZ893-0575 by MC3 Jason Isaacs from the Navy Newstand)
|View the USS Tulsa (LCS 16) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Tulsa's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 16 Feb. 2019||Cmdr. Drew A. Borovies (NROTC ‘00) (Springfield, Va.)|
|2.) 29 Apr. 2019||Cmdr. Audry T. Oxley (NROTC ‘02) (Lamar, Colo.)|
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