Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Savannah (LCS 28) arrived at its homeport of Naval Base San Diego March 1. Previous to arriving in San Diego, Savannah formally joined the fleet on Feb. 5 when it was commissioned in Brunswick, Georgia. Throughout the ship’s sail-around, they accomplished a profitable transit by the Panama Canal. Savannah might be homeported in San Diego with 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), and USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), USS Kansas Metropolis (LCS 22), USS Oakland (LCS 24), and USS Cell (LCS 26).

“This crew did an unbelievable job getting Savannah to its homeport of San Diego,” stated Cmdr. Kevin Ray, Savannah’s commanding officer. “After being away from residence and family members for a lot of months, we’re grateful for the protected voyage and pleased to be reunited with household.”


“I’m pleased to welcome USS SAVANNAH to the San Diego waterfront” stated Capt. Jack Fay, commodore of Littoral Fight Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 1. “The crew of Savannah labored laborious to get up to now and I look ahead to seeing them function within the Fleet.”

Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Savannah (LCS 28) is able to supporting ahead presence, maritime safety, sea management, and deterrence. (U.S. Navy picture by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Vance Hand/Launched)

LCS 28 is the sixth ship to be named in honor of town of Savannah. The primary was a coastal galley that supplied harbor protection for the port of Savannah, 1799-1802. The second USS Savannah, a frigate, served because the flagship of the Pacific Squadron after which served within the Brazil Squadrons and Dwelling Squadrons, 1844-1862. The third USS Savannah (AS 8) was launched in 1899 because the German industrial freighter, Saxonia. Seized in Seattle, Washington, upon the outbreak of World Conflict I, the freighter was transformed to a submarine tender and supported submarine squadrons in each the Atlantic and Pacific, 1917-1926. The fourth USS Savannah (CL 42) was a Brooklyn-class gentle cruiser commissioned in 1938. The warship served by all the Mediterranean marketing campaign, receiving three battle stars for service earlier than decommissioning in 1945. The fifth USS Savannah (AOR 4) was a Wichita-class replenishment oiler commissioned in 1970.

Savannah is the 14th of the Independence-variant LCS to affix the fleet. The Independence class is a category of littoral fight ships constructed for the US Navy. The hull design advanced from a venture at Austal to design a excessive velocity, 40 knot cruise ship. That hull design advanced into the high-speed trimaran ferry HSC Benchijigua Specific and the Independence class was then proposed by Common Dynamics and Austal as a contender for Navy plans to construct a fleet of smaller, agile, multipurpose warships to function nearshore within the littoral zone. The Littoral Fight Ship is a quick, agile, mission-focused platform designed to function in near-shore environments, successful towards Twenty first-century coastal threats.

US Navy USS Savannah (LCS 28) Arrives at San Diego Homeport for First Time
Independence-variant littoral fight ship USS Savannah (LCS 28) arrives in its homeport of San Diego for the primary time. (U.S. Navy picture by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Vance Hand/Launched)