USS Savannah commissioning
Sailors man the rails as the USS Savannah is commissioned in Brunswick, GA. Image from Navy video

The Navy on Saturday commissioned the USS Savannah, the 14th littoral combat ship to be based in San Diego.

The ceremony took place in Brunswick, GA, which is located on the Atlantic coast about 75 miles south of the vessel’s namesake city.

“The city of Savannah, Georgia, has played an important role in our nation’s naval history,” said Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro. “I have no doubt the sailors of USS Savannah will carry on the fighting spirit of this city and will play an important role in the defense of our nation and maritime freedom.”

The ship’s sponsor is Dianne Davison Isakson, wife of the late Johnny Isakson, a former Senator from Georgia.

The Savannah is a trimaran-hull, Independence variant of the littoral combat ship class built by Austal USA in Mobile, AL. All of the Independence variant warships are homeported at Naval Base San Diego.

The distinctive ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and are armed with guided missiles, a rapid-firing main gun and helicopters.

Chris Jennewein

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