The future USS Tulsa
The future USS Tulsa underway for acceptance trials. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA

The Navy commissioned its newest littoral combat ship in San Francisco on Saturday, after which the USS Tulsa will head to its new home port in San Diego.

The trimaran-hull, Independence-variant littoral ship is the second to bear Tulsa’s name.

“This ship is named in honor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but represents more than one city,” said Navy Secretary Richard Spencer. “USS Tulsa represents an investment in readiness and lethality, and is a testament to the increased capabilities made possible by a true partnership between the Department of the Navy and our industrial base.”

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford gave the principal address and former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor served as the ship’s sponsor.

“This is not just about Oklahoma history and Oklahoma tradition,” Lankford said. “This is American tradition.”

The ship will eventually join nine other Independence-variant littoral combat ships in San Diego.

The ships are fast, highly maneuverable vessels designed for mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions in the littoral regions of the world.

The class consists of two variants, the monohull Freedom type and trimaran Independence type, designed and built by two industry teams and divided between the east and west coasts.

Updated at 5:15 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019

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Chris Jennewein

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