USS TULSA LCS 16
The Tulsa (LCS 16) is the eighth ship in the Independence-class littoral combat ships and the second ship in the U.S. Navy named in honor of the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
January 11, 2016 The keel authentication ceremony for the LCS 16 was held at the Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
February 11, 2017 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Tulsa was christened during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Kathy Taylor, the former mayor of Tulsa, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Drew A. Borovies (LCS Crew 215) is the prospective commanding officer.
March 15, PCU Tulsa exited the assembly bay #4 at Austal's facility for the first time and was transported down river, while sitting on a deck barge, to BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard's floating dry-dock; Launched on March 16; Moored at Vessel Completion Yard, at the northern tip of Pinto Island, on Dec. ?.
January 21, 2018 LCS 16 moored at Vessel Completion Yard, around 2 a.m. on Sunday, after a two-day underway for Builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico; Day-long underway on Feb. 20; Underway for acceptance trials from March 7-8.
April 30, U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Tulsa during a short ceremony on board the ship.
September 28, The Tulsa (Crew 215) moored at Vessel Completion Yard after a one-day underway in the Gulf of Mexico; Departed Pascagoula for the last time on Oct. 5.
October 9, The littoral combat ship moored at Quay Wall Dogleg Berth on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., for a 13-day port call; Moored at Berth 3, Pier 9 in Naval Station Norfolk from Oct. 22-24; Moored at Quay Wall Dogleg Berth again from Oct. 26-30.
November 1, PCU Tulsa moored at Wharf E3 on Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a brief stop; Moored at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from Nov. 3-7; Moored at Pier 16 in Port of Cristobal, Panama, to refuel from Nov. 9-10.
November 10, LCS 16 moored at Pier 2S on Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base after transited the Panama Canal; Underway just after midnight on Nov. 11.