• USS Tulsa to be commissioned this month


    TULSA, Okla. - The U.S. Navy will commission its "newest Independence variant littoral combat ship," the USS Tulsa, on Feb. 16 in San Francisco, according to a Navy report.

    Sen. James Lankford and former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor will attend the ceremony. Lankford will deliver the principal address and Taylor will serve as the ship's sponsor.

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    Here are more details about the ship from the Navy:

    "The 3,200-ton Tulsa was built by was built by General Dynamics/Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. The ship is 421 feet in length, has a beam of 103 feet, and a navigational draft of 15 feet. The ship is powered by two gas turbine engines, two main propulsion diesel engines, and four waterjets to speeds up to 40-plus knots."

    This is the Navy's second ship named after Tulsa. The first was commissioned in 1923 and served in World War II.

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