MOBILE, Ala. -- The future USS Tulsa cleared a significant milestone Monday as it was transferred to the Navy for service.
The Navy accepted the delivery of the USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during a ceremony in Mobile, Alabama. Delivery marks the transfer of the ship from shipbuilder to the Navy.
The ship's commissioning is planned for late 2018 in San Francisco. Tulsa is the 13th littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy. The ship is noted for its trimaran hull and large flight deck.
"To see Tulsa ready for delivery, words almost can't express the amazing work that Austal, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast, and Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants, have done to get her to this point," said Cmdr. Drew Borovies, Tulsa's commanding officer. "Although there is still plenty of hard work ahead, we are at the point where Tulsa is ready for her crew, and I can say without hesitation that her crew is ready for Tulsa. Tulsa and her crew are 'Tough, Ready. and Able!'"
Following commissioning, Tulsa will be homeported in San Diego. The ship is designed for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures in the littoral region.