U.S. Secretary of the Navy Visits Tulsa for Formal Naming of Littoral Combat Ship


The U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, was in Tulsa Sept. 15 to announce the naming of its newest Littoral Combat Ship during a ceremony at the Post.

The Navy is naming its newest Independence-class combat ship the U.S.S. Tulsa. As part of U.S. Navy tradition, the ship has a sponsor, former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor, who is sponsoring the new U.S.S. Tulsa in honor of her late father, Chief Signalman James Taylor. Chief Taylor served on the U.S.S. Bollinger during World War II.

Taylor’s sponsorship also honors William Lobeck, Sr., the father of Taylor’s husband. Lobeck trained thousands of industrial workers in aviation mechanics during World War II for the U.S. Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia.

Kathy Taylor was joined by current Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and former mayors Bob LaFortune, Bill LaFortune and Susan Savage at the ceremony.

The Navy says the U.S.S. Tulsa is currently in the pre-production phase of development. This will be the second U.S. Navy ship named the U.S.S. Tulsa. The first was launched in 1922 and served with distinction during World War II. In December 1944, she was renamed Tacloban to free the name Tulsa for use on a new ship, but the war ended before the new ship’s keel was ever laid. The original U.S.S. Tulsa was scrapped in 1946.

Individuals in the photo, from left, are Retired Major General Myles Deering, United States Army, and Oklahoma’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs; Former Mayor and Tulsa County Judge Bill LaFortune; former Mayor Kathy Taylor and U.S.S. Tulsa Ship Sponsor; U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus; Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Jr.; Former Mayor and Secretary of State Susan Savage; and Former Mayor Robert LaFortune.

Updated 09-28-2015

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