Austal Celebrates Christening Of Future USS Tulsa

Ship’s sponsor, Mrs Kathy Taylor, former Mayor and current Chief of Economic Development for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was joined by Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle and officers from the US Navy for the christening of the future USS Tulsa at Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard on 11 February 2017. (Photo: Austal)

Posted by Michelle Howard

Austal Limited has announced that Austal USA has
hosted the christening of the future USS Tulsa, the 8th
Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) designed and
constructed for the United States Navy (USN).

Former Mayor of Tulsa and current Chief of Economic Development
for the Oklahoma city, Mrs Kathy Taylor formally christened USS
Tulsa at a formal ceremony held at Austal USA's Mobile, Alabama

In addition to the USS Independence (LCS 2) and Coronado (LCS 4),
Austal USA is delivering 11 Independence variant LCS to the USN,
under a contract valued at approximately US$4 billion.

Commenting on the Tulsa christening, Austal Chief Executive
Officer David Singleton remarked, "Austal's LCS program began
with a unique, innovative design solution developed in Australia,
specifically for the United States Navy. Now, as the program
matures and more LCS, like Tulsa, are constructed, the true value
of the program to Australia's shipbuilding capability and defence
export industry is becoming evident.

"Austal's LCS program has not only contributed to the economic
growth of the City of Mobile and the State of Alabama but
importantly has provided genuine opportunities for
Australian-based Austal shipbuilding professionals, contractors
and suppliers to develop industry leading skills, products and
export capability," Singleton added.

Following the delivery of LCS 10, USS Gabrielle Giffords to the
USN on December 23, 2016, Austal USA has 6 x LCS under

Omaha (LCS 12) and Manchester (LCS 14) are preparing for sea
trials in March, final assembly is well underway on Charleston
(LCS 18) and modules for both Cincinnati (LCS 20) and Kansas City
(LCS 22) are now under construction in Austal's advanced Module
Manufacturing Facility (MMF).

The future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) will be launched in March is
scheduled for delivery in 2018.

Feb 16, 2017

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