The U.S. Navy has set a commissioning ceremony for LCS 16, the Independence-class littoral combat ship to be named USS Tulsa on Saturday at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, Calif. Kathy Taylor, former mayor of Tulsa, Okla., will order the activation of the vessel as the ship's sponsor. Sen. James Lankford will administer the ceremony's principal address, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.
The ship is the second combat vessel to carry the name Tulsa following a commissioned Asheville-class PG-22 gunboat in 1923. The future USS Tulsa will deploy in San Diego, Calif., along USS Coronado, USS Fort Worth, USS Gabrielle Giffords, USS Independence, USS Jackson, USS Manchester, USS Montgomery and USS Omaha.
LCS vessels are designed to use modern capabilities and technology to perform countermeasures, surface and anti-submarine warfare missions.