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Sister ship USS Independence
United States
Name: Tulsa
Namesake: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Awarded: 29 December 2010[1]
Builder: Austal USA[1]
Laid down: 11 January 2016[1]
Launched: 16 March 2017[2]
Sponsored by: Kathy Taylor[3]
Christened: 11 February 2017[4]
Acquired: 30 April 2018[5]
Homeport: San Diego, CA
Identification: MMSI number: 368926114
Status: Launched
General characteristics
Class and type: Independence-class littoral combat ship
Displacement: 2,307 metric tons light, 3,104 metric tons full, 797 metric tons deadweight
Length: 127.4 m (418 ft)
Beam: 31.6 m (104 ft)
Draft: 14 ft (4.27 m)
Propulsion: 2× gas turbines, 2× diesel, 4× waterjets, retractable Azimuth thruster, 4× diesel generators
Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph)+, 47 knots (54 mph; 87 km/h) sprint
Range: 4,300 nautical miles (8,000 km; 4,900 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)+
Capacity: 210 tonnes
Complement: 40 core crew (8 officers, 32 enlisted) plus up to 35 mission crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Sea Giraffe 3D Surface/Air RADAR
  • Bridgemaster-E Navigational RADAR
  • AN/KAX-2 EO/IR sensor for GFC
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • EDO ES-3601 ESM
  • SRBOC rapid bloom chaff launchers
Aircraft carried:

USS Tulsa (LCS-16) is an Independence-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy.[1] She is the third ship to be named for Tulsa, second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oklahoma.[6][7]

Tulsa is under construction by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.[8] A ceremonial laying of the keel was held at the Austal USA shipyards in Mobile on 11 January 2016.[3] Former Tulsa mayor Kathy Taylor was the ship's sponsor, with a delegation of Tulsa officials including incumbent mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. also in attendance.[3] Because the ship is being assembled from prefabricated modules, Tulsa was already 60 percent complete at the time of the keel laying.[3]

Tulsa was christened on 11 February 2017[4] and launched on 16 March 2017.[2]

She has been assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "Tulsa (LCS-16)". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "USS Tulsa begins launch process in Mobile, Alabama". Tulsa World. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Krehbiel, Randy (11 January 2016). "'Enthusiastic' local delegation takes part in keel laying ceremony for USS Tulsa". Tulsa World. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Navy Christens Future Tulsa" (Press release). United States Navy. 12 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Tulsa (LCS 16)" (Press release). United States Navy. 30 April 2018. NNS180430-20. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Navy Names Multiple Ships" (Press release). U.S. Department of Defense. 6 June 2013. 415-13. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Navy: New Combat Ship To Be Named USS Tulsa". News On 6. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Austal hosts keel laying for new Littoral Combat Ship Manchester (LCS 14)" (Press release). Austal USA. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015. Modules for the future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) and the future USS Charleston (LCS 18) are in the early phases of construction.
  9. ^ "LCS Squadron 1". Retrieved 25 February 2018.


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