Lankford Recognizes Decommissioning of the USS Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) provided the following statement to commemorate the decommissioning of the USS Oklahoma City, after supporting a resolution to honor the numerous missions of the submarine:
“The USS Oklahoma City served our nation for more than 40 years, and her decommissioning marks the end of an era for her crew and maintenance staff,” said Lankford. “It is especially meaningful for Cindy and me since our nation also just lost Linda Nickles, who was the sponsor of the USS Oklahoma City. Our state is proud that the USS Oklahoma City combatted crime and terrorism around the world with the might of the US Navy. I’m glad to join Congresswoman Bice, Senator Inhofe, and all Oklahomans to honor the many brave Sailors who have served our nation aboard the USS Oklahoma City.”
The USS Oklahoma City, a Los Angeles Class submarine, was launched on November 2, 1985, sponsored by the late Linda Nickles, wife of US Senator from Oklahoma, Don Nickles. The submarine was commissioned for service in 1988 and served as home to 140 crew members, traveling to the Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf, the Eastern Pacific, and Guam. The submarine and crew assisted with fighting for Americans in the War on Terror.