The US Navy’s Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Savannah (LCS 28) has been commissioned into service during a ceremony held in Brunswick, Georgia.

USS Savannah is the 14th Independence-variant LCS, and the sixth ship named in honour of the coastal city.

During the ceremony, commander Kevin Ray accepted command of the vessel.

Naval Air Systems Command commander vice-admiral Carl Chebi said: “The USS Savannah is poised to represent its motto across the globe, not for self but for others.

“The ship and her crew will carry on the legacy of the five other ships that had the honour to bear the name Savannah since 1798.

“They participated in the Mexican War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. The 6th USS Savannah’s history has yet to be written but will be enriched in stories of honour, courage, and commitment.”

Built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, USS Savannah will now sail to its home port in San Diego, California. It completed its acceptance trials in May 2021.

The US Navy’s LCS programme consists of two variants, namely the Freedom-class and the Independence-class.

The Freedom-variant LCS is designed, built and delivered by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wisconsin.

LCS is a ‘fast, agile, mission-focused’ platform that has been developed to sail in near-shore settings while performing open-ocean tasks.

It is designed to conduct maritime security, sea control, forward presence, along with deterrence missions.