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Savannah (LCS 28)

"Not For Self, But For Others"
Specifications - LCS Littoral Combat Ship, Independence Class (Variant 2, Flight 0, first generation):
Hull Type: Stabilized Trimaran Monohull
Displacement: 2176 tons (light), 2784 tons (full)
Dead Weight: 608 tons
Length: 418' (oa)
Beam: 93.2' (extreme)
Draft: 13' (Maximum Navigational Draft)
Propulsion: Two gas turbine engines, two propulsion diesels, two waterjets
Speed: 47 kts (sprint), 50+ kts (top speed)
Armament: Bofors 57mm naval gun; Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher; 4 - .50 caliber machine gun mounts
Combat Management System: Northrup Grumman ICMS
Electronics: Ericsson Sea Giraffe (air / surface surveillance, weapon assignment);
Decoy System: 3 - Super RBOC; 2 - Nulka Decoy launchers
Complement: 26
Savannah (LCS 28) Building and Operational Data:
  • 23 June 2017: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp.
  • 13 February 2018: Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced LCS 28 will be named USS Savannah
  • 19 July 2018: Construction commenced at Austal USA, Mobile, Ala. with a "First Cut" Ceremony, when the first sheet for hull fabrication was machined
  • 20 September 2019: Keel laid and authenticated at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
  • 29 August 2020: Launched and christened by sponsor Dianne Davison Isakson, wife of former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
  • 14 May 2021: Successfully completed Acceptance Trials in the Gulf of Mexico
  • 05 February 2022: Placed in commission at Brunswick, Ga., Cmdr. Kevin Ray in command, assigned to LCS Squadron 1 at San Diego, Cal.

    1.) The contract option awarded to Lockheed Martin Corporation is managed by Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors division in Moorestown NJ. The Lockheed Martin team includes: Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard, Bollinger Shipyards, Gibbs and Cox naval architects, Izar of Spain and Blohm & Voss naval shipbuilders.

    2.) The contract option awarded to General Dynamics is managed by Bath Iron Works at Bath, Me. The major members of General Dynamics team are: Austal USA, based in Mobile, Ala.; BAE Systems, Rockville, Md; Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, Baltimore, Md; CAE Marine Systems, Leesburg, Va.; Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Baltimore, Md; General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington, Vt.; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn.; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Washington, D.C.; and General Dynamics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

    "Savannah, The Ship"     -    "Savannah, The People"

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    Independence 102k 27 May 2004: Washington DC - The U.S. Navy announced today that General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, will be one of two defense contracting teams awarded contract options for final system design with options for detail design and construction of up to two Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The LCS is an entirely new breed of U.S. Navy warship. A fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, LCS's modular, focused-mission design will provide Combatant Commanders the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure maritime dominance and access for the joint force. LCS will operate with focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute missions including, Special Operations Forces (SOF) support, high-speed transit, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP).

    (Artist concept provided to the U.S. Navy courtesy of General Dynamics, Photo #040527-O-0000G-004, from the Navy Newstand)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
    Independence 492k undated: Mobile, Ala. - An aerial view of the Austal USA shipyard, the American branch of operations for Australian shipbuilder Austal. Founded in 1999 along the west bank of Blakely Island on the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama. The shipyard was initially engaged in building high-speed aluminum ferries, such as the Lake Express for service across Lake Michigan, and the Alakai for Hawaii Superferry. Construction on the first Littoral Combat Ship of the USS Independence variant was begun in 2006. In conjunction with the General Dynamics Corp., all of the planned Independence Class LCS's will be built here.

    (Photo courtesy of AUSTAL, USA)
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    18 July 2018: Mobile, Ala. - Prior to the cutting of the first sheet of medal for the construction of the future USS Savannah (LCS 28), AUSTAL USA shipyard workers
    prepare for the "First Cut" ceremony. Afterward, the button is pushed for the cutting machine to start and construction begins. Savannah will be the sixth ship named after the
    city to serve the U.S. Navy. She is preceded by the first Savannah which was a small galley authorized on 04 May 1798, serving from March 1799 to February 1802. The
    second Savannah was a frigate completed at the New York Navy Yard in 1844, she remained in service until 1870. The third Savannah was built as the German Hamburg
    America Steamship Company liner Saxonia. Seized at Seattle, Wash. at the beginning of World War I, she was converted to a submarine tender and served from 1917 to
    1926. The fourth Savannah was a light cruiser (CL 42) which served from 1938 until decommissioned in February of 1947. The fifth Savannah was AOR 4, a replenishment
    oiler which commissioned in December of 1970 and served until decommissioning in July of 1995.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    20 September 2019: Mobile, Ala. - The wife of former Alabama senator Johnny Isakson and ship’s sponsor Dianne Davison Isakson authenticates the keel for the 14th
    Independence variant of the littoral combat ship class during the ceremony. While keel laying traditionally represents the formal start of a ship's construction, advanced
    modular shipbuilding allows fabrication of the ship to begin months in advance. Today, keel laying continues to symbolically recognize the joining of the ship's
    components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    29 August 2020: Mobile, Ala. - The Navy christened its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Savannah (LCS 28), during a 10 a.m.
    CDT ceremony n Saturday, 29 August at Mobile, Alabama. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition James Geurts delivered
    the christening ceremony's principal address. Mrs. Dianne Isakson, wife of former U.S. Senator John Isakson, serves as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy
    tradition, Mrs. Isakson christened the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)
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    02 September 2020: Mobile, Ala. - Five views of the future USS Savannah (LCS 28) being rolled out of her construction shed. She'll be placed on a barge which
    will then be towed downriver to BAE Systems, placed in a floating drydock, and launched as the floating drydock is sunk on the morning of 03 September.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

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    24 September 2020: the Gulf of Mexico - Six views of the future USS Savannah on sea trials.

    (Photos courtesy of  Austal USA)

    "Savannah, The Ship"     -    "Savannah, The People"

    There is no DANFS History currently available for Savannah (LCS 28) at Navsource
    Savannah's Commanding Officers
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 05 February 2022Cmdr. Kevin M. Ray (NROTC '05) (Garland, Tex.)

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