WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the keel-laying of the U.S.S. Tulsa, Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and designated LCS-16.
“Today is both a beginning and a continuation of a legacy. It celebrates the ceremonial beginning of the next ship to carry the name U.S.S. Tulsa, and it continues the legacy of the first U.S.S. Tulsa and all who served on her since her beginnings in World War II as the famous ‘Galloping Ghost of the South China Coast.’ This new generation of warship is critical to our nation and its national security. I look forward to being at its commissioning in early 2018 and meeting with the sailors who will serve on her.”
The U.S.S. Tulsa is an Independence-class littoral combat ship being built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. It is a 419 foot long trimaran-hulled warship designed to carry out surface warfare, mine operations, and anti-submarine missions around the world. Today’s ceremony is the formal recognition of the start of the ship's construction. The USS Tulsa is expected to be based in San Diego.