Future USS Savannah
The future USS Savannah during seal trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy Austal USA

The future USS Savannah, the latest littoral combat ship bound for home port in San Diego, successfully completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico this month.

It’s the fourth littoral combat ship built by Austal USA to complete acceptance trials during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Working together with our Navy teammates, Austal’s highly talented shipbuilders have prepared another combat ship for delivery and we look forward to handing her over to the Navy soon so she can join her sister ships on the West Coast preparing for deployment,” said Rusty Murdaugh, interim vice president of Austal.

Littoral combat ships are small, fast surface warships in two variants designed to operate in near-shore environments to counter submarines, mines and swarming small craft. They are armed with guns, missiles and helicopters.

The Navy’s littoral program is at full-rate production, with four more of the trimaran-hull warships currently under construction at Austal’s shipyard in Alabama.

The future USS Canberra was launched in March and is now preparing for sea trials. Final assembly is underway on the future USS Santa Barbara and future USS Augusta. Construction began on the future USS Kingsville earlier this year.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.