The future USS Tulsa
The future USS Tulsa during acceptance trials. Courtesy Austal USA

The new littoral combat ship Tulsa arrived at Naval Base San Diego just before Thanksgiving after a successful maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Alabama.

Prior to arriving at its new home, Tulsa made several port calls and completed a successful transit through the Panama Canal.

“Every day at sea, sailing across the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Pacific, we trained together as a team, conducting a myriad of drills while getting to know our ship even better,” said Cmdr. Drew Borovies, Tulsa’s commanding officer. “I am so proud of the professionalism and experience displayed by the Tulsa crew as we safely navigated from Mobile to San Diego. We feel truly lucky to be entrusted with one of the Navy’s newest warships.”

Tulsa is scheduled to officially join the fleet Feb. 16 during a commissioning ceremony in San Francisco. The Navy accepted delivery of Tulsa during a ceremony in Mobile, on April 30.

The Tulsa is a trimaran Independence-variant of the class, all of which will be based in San Diego. The monohull Freedom-variant ships are based in Jacksonville, FL. A total of 42 are planned.

The ships are high-speed, agile, shallow-draft vessels designed for the littoral environment, yet capable of open-ocean operations. They are armed with missiles, a long-range gun and helicopters.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.