US Navy commissions Austal-built USS Savannah

The US Navy has commissioned USS Savannah (LCS28), the 14th Independence class littoral combat ship (LCS) constructed by Austal USA, in Mobile, Alabama.

The commissioning of the aluminium trimaran vessel designed to operate in near-shore environments as well as open-ocean tasking took place in Brunswick, Georgia over the weekend.

The LCS can support forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence missions.

It is the sixth ship named in honour of the city of Savannah – the first was a coastal galley that provided harbor defense for the port of Savannah, 1799-1802.

U.S. Representative Earl L. “Buddy” Carter said: “It’s fitting that it would find its home in Savannah – a city whose agility has allowed her to be a defining force in the entire scope of American history.”

Following commissioning, Savannah is sailing to California, to be home ported in San Diego, joining sister ships USS Coronado (LCS 4), USS Jackson (LCS 6), USS Montgomery (LCS 8), USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), USS Omaha (LCS 12), USS Manchester (LCS 14), USS Tulsa (LCS 16), USS Charleston (LCS 18), USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), USS Kansas City (LCS 22), USS Oakland (LCS 24), and USS Mobile (LCS 26).

Picture: Austal

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