US Navy accepts delivery of new combat ship

The United States Navy accepted the delivery of its eight Independence-class littoral combat ship, the future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during a ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, April 30. The US Navy said the delivery marked the official transfer of LCS-16 from the shipbuilder, an Austal USA-led team, to the Navy.

The US Navy said the transfer is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for late 2018 in San Francisco.

“Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Tulsa, as transfer occurs to the Navy and she enters service,” said Captain Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. “I look forward to celebrating the commissioning of this fine ship alongside the crew later this year in San Francisco.”

Tulsa is the 13th littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy and the eighth of the Independence-class (even numbered). Another class of US Navy littoral combat ships is the Freedom-class.

After commissioning, Tulsa will be homeported in San Diego with her fellow ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Jackson (LCS 6), USS Montgomery (LCS 8), USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), USS Omaha (LCS 12) and the future USS Manchester (LCS 14).

The US Navy said LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship designed to meet validated fleet requirements for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and mine countermeasures missions in the littoral region.

“An interchangeable mission package is embarked on each LCS and provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas. Using an open architecture design, modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to gain, sustain, and exploit littoral maritime supremacy, LCS provides U.S. joint force access to critical theaters,” the US Navy said.