US Navy’s Independence-class LCS USS Savannah soon to enter service

On 5 February, the US Navy plans to commission USS Savannah (LCS 28), the new Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS), in Brunswick Georgia.

LCS 28 is the 14th Independence-variant LCS and 28th in class. It is the sixth ship named in honor of the city of Savannah, according to the US Navy. 

US defense company Austal USA delivered the ship to the US Navy in June last year. The company completed the construction of the ship in just under three years, a full twelve months earlier than previous ships delivered under the same program.

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The delivery took place after the vessel completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico in May 2021. Acceptance trials include a number of tests by the Austal USA-led industry team while the vessel is underway. This is to demonstrate to the US Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment.

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The Independence-class LCS is a fast, agile, and focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments, yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats, such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

The 127-meter long high-speed trimaran hull warship integrates new technology to support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littoral zone.

Five Independence-class LCS and two Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ships (EPF) are currently under construction at Austal USA.

Meanwhile, Austal USA started the construction of the US Navy’s future expeditionary fast transport ship (EPF 14) USNS Cody, the first of the Spearhead-class EPF Flight II configuration.

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Photo: Courtesy of Austal