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The USS Tulsa will be a littoral combat ship, similar to the USS Fort Worth.

 

Once known as the “Galloping Ghost of the South China Coast,” the USS Tulsa was a patrol gunboat commissioned in the United States Navy from 1923 to 1946. She spent years traveling all over the world before playing crucial roles in several engagements during World War II. The USS
Tulsa was decommissioned and renamed Tacloban.

The Navy had plans for another USS Tulsa, this one an Oregon City class heavy cruiser, but plans were dashed for her construction in 1945.

Now, it seems the third time may be a charm. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced in June that one of two littoral combat ships (LCS) that are planned to be built will be called the USS Tulsa.

According to the Navy, the LCS is a focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments but can easily operate in the open ocean. It is designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

Don’t expect to see the USS Tulsa on its maiden voyage anytime soon; according to Lieutenant Commander Rebecca Rebarich of the Navy Office of Information, it takes about two years to construct an LCS. Construction of LCS 8 just began, and with the USS Tulsa scheduled to be LCS 16,  there are seven more to be constructed before the USS Tulsa gets its turn.

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