US Navy commissions newest combat ship

The United States Navy has commissioned to service its 15th littoral combat ship (LCS) and the eighth Independence-class LCS, USS Tulsa (LCS 16) on February 16.

USS Tulsa will join Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1 and eight other littoral combat ships currently homeported at Naval Base San Diego.

According to US Navy, littoral combat ships are high speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatants designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations.

“As part of the surface fleet, LCSs have the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants. Paired with advanced sonar and mine hunting capabilities, LCSs provide a major contribution, as well as a more diverse set of options to commanders, across the spectrum of operations,” it added.

US Navy Pacific Fleet commander Admiral John C. Aquilino said “having the right mix of ships with the right number of ships, to include Tulsa, makes us ready to execute prompt and sustained combat operations at sea to fight and win against any adversary.”

“Let there be no doubt, that is what Tulsa is ready to do,” said Admiral Aquilino.

US Assistant Secretary of the Navy James Guertz noted Tulsa is the fifth ship the US Navy has commissioned in the past 50 days and one of 13 ships slated to be commissioned this year.