Crew of new combat ship returns home in time for the holidays

Posted at 11:27 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-22 09:21:50-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Several San Diego families got their loved ones home in time for the holidays.

The Crew of the Future USS Tulsa arrived in San Diego Wednesday.  The ship is a brand new littoral combat ship that completed its maiden voyage from the Austal Shipyard in Mobile Alabama.

The crew, from San Diego, had been gone for eight months. 

Before arriving in San Diego, the ship made several port calls and completed a successful transit through the Panama Canal.

The ship’s commissioning ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 16, 2019, in San Francisco.  That is when the vessel will officially join the fleet.