A NAVY SHIP COMES TO LIFE
TRADITION-RICH CEREMONIES LINE ITS PATH
COMMISSIONING COMMITTEE IS A KEY COMPONENT
Commissioning Committee Coordinates
September 15, 2015: Navy Secretary Ray Mabus formally announces the naming of the LCS 16 as a Tulsa namesake and honors the ship's sponsor, former Mayor Kathy Taylor.
January 11, 2016: Ship sponsor Kathy Taylor authenticated the keel by welding her initials onto an aluminum plate.
February 17, 2017: A day and a half of ceremonies culminates with sponsor Kathy Taylor breaking a champagne bottle on the hull. The ship is launched several weeks later.
March 16, 2017: Launch.
February 16, 2019: Following five ceremonies sponsored by the Tulsa Commissioning Committee over three days, the Secretary of the Navy and the Commanding Officer of the USS Tulsa join hundreds of dignitaries and thousands of onlookers to welcome the new ship into the fleet.