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June 8, 2013

Mayor: Naming ship USS Tulsa an honor

TULSA (AP) — Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett says the decision to name a US Navy combat ship the USS Tulsa is an “honor.”

Littoral combat ships are named to recognize cities that are one of the five most-populated communities in a state. The USS Tulsa will be the second ship that has been named for Oklahoma’s second-largest city, according to the Navy.

“I am very proud that Tulsa veterans are being recognized for their bravery and service to our country,” Bartlett said. “It is an honor for the U.S. Navy to name a vessel after Tulsa, and I’m thankful for the active military personnel and veterans that call Tulsa home and for the sacrifices they have made for our country.”

The ship is one of five that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced as being named, joining the USS Billings, USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck and USNS Burlington.

“It is my privilege as secretary of the Navy to name these ships after five great American cities,” Mabus said. “For decades to come, these ships will sail in the fleet, building partnerships and projecting power around the world.”

A littoral combat ship, known as an LCS, is designed to be fast and agile and able to execute missions close to shore, such as mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare, the Navy said.

The USS Tulsa, being built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., will be 419 feet long and have a beam length of 103.7 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 40 knots.

The USS Billings is also an LCS, while the other three are joint high-speed transport vessels, which are used in support of special operations forces and conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

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