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Navy welcomes newest warship

TULSA, Okla. — A vessel that bears the name of Oklahoma’s second-largest city has been commissioned as the newest warship in the U.S. Navy’s fleet.

The Tulsa was commissioned on Saturday at a pier in San Francisco.

The vessel is an Independence-class littoral combat ship. It’s the eighth ship of its kind in the Navy’s fleet.

play_circle_filled The littoral combat ship Detroit began operational testing and evaluation of the surface-to-surface missile module on Nov. 17. (Navy)
Good news for the LCS program

This week’s announcement was a positive step for LCS mission module programs, which have have been plagued with development delays and certification snafus.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma says the vessel is one of the most technologically advanced in the world.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Lankford said the massive vessel does not have a traditional rudder or propeller and operates more like a catamaran and a jet ski with a high draft, sitting just 14 feet (4 meters) in the water.

The warship features electronic components made by a Tulsa firm, U.S. Pioneer.

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