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September 16, 2015

US Navy’s LCS 16 to be named as USS Tulsa

The US Navy's latest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS 16) will be named USS Tulsa, navy secretary Ray Mabus has announced.

By Samseer M

The US Navy’s latest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS 16) will be named USS Tulsa, navy secretary Ray Mabus has announced.

LCS 16 will be the second ship to bear the name, while the first was a patrol gunboat commissioned in 1923.

The new 419ft-long ship, which will be built by Austal USA in its facility in Mobile, Alabama, will be capable of operating at a maximum speed of 40k.

Powered by two LM2500s arranged in a combined diesel or gas turbine configuration with two diesel engines, the aluminium trimaran vessels can operate in water 20ft deep.

In addition, the vessel feature modular design that incorporates mission packages, which can be changed out quickly as combat needs change in a region.

"The vessel feature modular design that incorporates mission packages, which can be changed out quickly as combat needs change."

The packages will be supported by detachments that deploy both manned and unmanned vehicles, as well as sensors in support of mine, undersea, and surface warfare missions.

The US Navy’s LCS vessels have been designed to support a range of missions, including defeating asymmetric anti-access threats, including mines, quiet diesel submarines, and fast surface craft in near-shore environments.

The LCS-class consists of the Freedom and Independence variants, which are being developed by two industry teams led by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics (GD), respectively.

In August, the US Navy received its new Independence-class LCS, the future USS Jackson, from Austal USA shipyard.

USS Jackson represents the fifth LCS and the third of the Independence variant to join the navy.

The commissioning of the vessel is planned for December in Gulfport, Mississippi and after commissioning and shock trials, Jackson will be homeported in San Diego.

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