February 7, 2022 – The Savannah Navy League Council of the United States concluded a week-long celebration of events with the commissioning of USS Savannah, Littoral Combat Ship LCS-28 in Brunswick on February 5, 2022 .
The Savannah was built by Austal Shipyards in Mobile, AL, and is expected to be homeported in San Diego, CA once commissioned.
Over 400 feet long and displacing 2,307 metric tons, the vessel has an operational crew of over seventy. The tri-aluminum hull vessel is capable of reaching a top speed of over 40 knots. Savannah will be designated as an anti-submarine warfare vessel carrying a mix of MH-60 helicopters and Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles.
“The commissioning of an American warship has been a tradition since 1775, when the British schooner, the Margaretta, was captured. This is the most important event in the life of the ship,” said commission committee chair Pat Yovich. “This ship is the sixth Navy warship to bear the Savannah name. Mrs. Dianne Davison Isakson, wife of the Honorable Johnny Isakson, former senator from Georgia, is the ship’s sponsor. Their daughter, Julie Isakson Mitchell, will be the matron of honor.