U.S.S. Tulsa crew visits Tulsa for the first time in five years

TULSA, Okla. — For the first time in five years and since the ship completed construction, crew members of the U.S. Navy Combat Ship U.S.S. Tulsa returned to the city their ship is named after to meet with supporters and learn about the city their ship is named after.

Monday, FOX23 caught up with four members of the crew as they toured Cain’s Ballroom and The Greenwood Rising Museum before getting a tour of Route 66, The Church Studio, and the Golden Driller.

The crew will have an action-packed itinerary while in town for three days. Tuesday, they will be at Union High School for two assemblies focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs followed by a community reception being held at 6 p.m. at Mother Road Market.

On their last day, they will stop at the University of Tulsa and meet with the ships largest sponsor Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor. Then they will meet with Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and city councilors.

Once they return to the ship, they will share stories and what they’ve learned about Tulsa with their fellow crewmembers so they too can have a better understanding of what it means to carry the Tulsa name around the world.

The U.S.S. Tulsa is mainly in the Pacific off the coast of southeast Asia.