The United States Navy commissioned its newest variant of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Savannah (LCS 28) on February 5, 2022, at Brunswick, Ga.
“It is fitting that it found her home in Savannah – a city whose agility has allowed her to become a defining force in the entirety of American history,” said keynote speaker Representative US Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, District 1 of Georgia said.
Diane Davison Isakson is the ship’s patron and wife of the late Honorable Johnny Isakson, a former Georgia State Senator. Their daughter, Julie Isakson Mitchell, served as Queen Emeritus. Honorable Meredith Berger, performing the duties of Secretary of the Navy under her command, recognized Mrs. Isakson.
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“It is said that the personality and spirit of the ship sponsor helps to enrich, guide and protect the ship and her crew. “You come from a family dedicated to service. You’ve got the Navy in your blood. “
The event’s guest speakers included Savannah Mayor Cosby Johnson, Mayor Brunswick Van Johnson, and Commander and Deputy Commander of Naval Aviation Systems Carl Chebi.
“The USS Savannah stands ready to represent its motto globally, not for itself but for others,” Chebi said. “Today as we commissioned her as an operational force of the United States Navy. The ship and her crew will continue the legacy of five other ships that have honored the Savannah name since 1798. They participated in the Mexican War, the Civil War, World War I, and the War. World War II and the Vietnam War. . The history of the 6th USS Savannah has yet to be written but will be enriched in stories of honor, courage, and commitment.”
Mayor Van Johnson highlighted the value Savannah brings to the Navy.
“There is no denying the importance of this day, the importance of this ship, the importance of the company that built it, the strategic and operational necessity that our Navy remains,” Mr. Johnson said. is the leading maritime force in the world. in addition to having the best men and women to serve, they deserve a top vehicle to serve. “
During the ceremony, Savannah’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Kevin M. Ray, announced the ship was ready, and Mrs. Isakson gave the traditional command of “Take control of our ship and bring it to life!”
“Coming to the city of Savannah, I assure you, the good men and women of our crew, whom I humbly lead, represent all that is great about the city. your. Ray said. “We will carry your name forward, wherever our Nation asks us to go, and we will represent you well.”
The LCS 28 is the 14th and 28th Independent variant LCS in its class. This is the sixth ship to be named in honor of the city of Savannah. The first was a coastal road that provided harbor protection for the port of Savannah, 1799-1802. The second USS Savannah, a frigate, served as flagship of the Pacific Squadron and later served with the Brazil Squadron and the Home Squadron, 1844-1862. The third USS Savannah (AS 8) was launched in 1899 as a German commercial freighter, Saxonia. Built at Seattle, Washington, at the outbreak of World War I, the freighter was converted to a submarine and supported submarine squadrons in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, 1917-1926. The fourth USS Savannah (CL 42) was a Brooklyn-class light cruiser commissioned in 1938. The battleship served during the entire Mediterranean campaign, receiving three battle stars. for service prior to decommissioning in 1945. The fifth USS Savannah (AOR 4) was a Wichita – heavy tanker commissioned in 1970. AOR 4 earned one battle star and a Diploma. Commendation to the Outstanding Unit for its service in the Vietnam War. The vessel provided additional services underway in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans until decommissioning in 1995.
After commissioning, Savannah will proceed to California to dock at her home port of San Diego, along 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), USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), USS Kansas City (LCS 22), USS Oakland (LCS 24) and USS Mobile (LCS 26).
The LCS is a fast, agile mission-focused platform designed to operate in nearshore environments while also being capable of high-seas missions. LCS can support forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence.