June 07, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today made the following statement after Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that one of the Navy's new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) will be named the U.S.S. Tulsa:
"Secretary Mabus called to inform me that he has chosen to name one of the Navy's new Littoral Combat Ships after the great city of Tulsa. Tulsa has a proud history within the United States Navy of being the namesake of the famous “Galloping Ghost of the South China Coast,” a gunboat that served during World War II receiving two battle stars. The new U.S.S. Tulsa will serve the country protecting our shores and our allies while honoring the hardworking men and women who live in and around Tulsa. On behalf of the citizens of Tulsa and all of Oklahoma, I thank Secretary Mabus and the Navy for this kind gesture and look forward to witnessing this new generation of trimaran-hulled warship carry out its vast array of surface warfare, mine operations, and anti-submarine missions around the world."