The Navy’s newest Independence-class littoral combat ship, the USS Savannah, will be commissioned in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on February 5 at the Port of Brunswick.

Mike Broadway, a member of the Savannah Chapter of the American Navy League, said his organization was invited to help with the ceremony.

The commissioning ceremony is taking place in Brunswick instead of Savannah due to the backlog of ships waiting to unload cargo at the port, much to the city’s disappointment, he said.

After officials at the Port of Savannah said the ceremony was to take place elsewhere, Broadway said discussions began about moving the commissioning to Wilmington, North Carolina until Governor Brian Kemp gets involved.

Broadway said the governor intended to host the commissioning ceremony in the state of Georgia and helped organize the event in Brunswick.

Broadway said it expects a large group of elected officials, business leaders and members of the Savannah community to attend the event.

“We will have people from the chamber, mayor’s staff and state officials at the event,” he said.

Dianne Davison Isakson, wife of former US Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Is the ship’s godmother. Their daughter, Julie Isakson Mitchell, will be the honorary matron of the event.

Following the ceremony, the Savannah will head to its new home port in San Diego.

The Savannah is 400 feet long, displaces 2,307 metric tons, and has more than 70 operational crew members. The aluminum tri-hull vessel is capable of reaching a top speed of over 40 knots. The Savannah will be designated as an anti-submarine warship carrying a mix of MH-60 helicopters and Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Navy League Savannah Council is planning a number of events involving the crew, state, congressional and navy dignitaries in the week before commissioning. They are looking for corporate and individual sponsorships to fund these events. Go to savannahnavyleague.us for more information on ordering events and sponsorships.