Safety Training Systems, Inc. (STS) traveled to San Francisco, CA earlier this month to attend the commissioning of the US Navy littoral combat ship USS Tulsa. STS is honored to have the privilege of being one of USS Tulsa’s corporate sponsors & supporters.
USS Tulsa (LCS 16), the United States Navy’s newest Independence-class littoral combat ship, was commissioned at 10:00 a.m. (PST) on Saturday, Feb. 16 at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Pier 30/32. The 3,200-ton Tulsa 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. LCS 16 is the fifteenth littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the eighth of the Independence variant. It is the second ship to be named to honor the city and citizens of Tulsa – Oklahoma’s second largest city.
The littoral combat ship is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft. They are capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. USS Tulsa will be homeported at Naval Base San Diego.
-Information source: Petty Officer 1st Class Woody Paschall