LCS Tulsa to be Christened at Austal USA
MOBILE, Ala. — The future littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) will be christened Feb. 11 at the Austal USA shipyard, the company announced in a Feb. 6 media invitation.
Austal will host Kathy Taylor, ship sponsor, for the christening. Taylor was Tulsa’s 38th mayor and currently is chief of economic development for Tulsa’s sitting Mayor, G.T. Bynum. Her administration hired the first Veteran’s Liaison in the Mayor’s office, helped establish the first Veteran’s Court in the nation, formed the Tulsa Veterans Advisory Council and worked with local colleges to increase veteran enrollment and completion of college.
Also speaking at the christening ceremonies will be Adm. Bill Moran, vice chief of naval operations; Rear Adm. John P. Neagley, program executive officer for Littoral Combat Ships; Gloria Valdez, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs; Bynum; and Craig Perciavalle, president of Austal USA. Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt 1st Class Bennie Adkins of Opelika, Ala., will also be present as a guest at the ceremony.
These ceremonies mark the sixth Independence-variant LCS christening in Austal’s 11-ship contract worth over $3.5 billion. LCS 16 is the second ship in the U.S. Navy to be named after Tulsa, the second largest city in Oklahoma. Six Independence-variant LCS are currently under construction at Austal’s state-of-the-art shipyard in Mobile.