USS SAVANNAH LCS 28
The Savannah (LCS 28) is the 14th ship in the Independence-class littoral combat ships and the sixth ship in the U.S. Navy named in honor of the city of Savannah, Georgia.
September 20, 2019 The keel authentication ceremony for the future USS Savannah was held at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
August 29, 2020 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Savannah was christened during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Mrs. Dianne Isakson, the wife of U.S. Senator Johnny H. Isakson (R-GA), served as sponsor of the ship.
September 2, LCS 28 exited the assembly bay #4 at Austal's facility for the first time and was transported down river, while sitting on a deck barge, to BAE Systems Southeast shipyard's floating dry-dock; Launched on Sept. 3.
May 12, 2021 The Savannah departed Austal USA shipyard for acceptance trials; Moored at Vessel Completion Yard on early Thursday.
June 25, U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the PCU Savannah during a short ceremony on board the ship.
January 19, 2022 PCU Savannah (LCS Crew 221 - Blue), commanded by Cmdr. Kevin M. Ray, moored at Vessel Completion Yard after a one-day underway in the Gulf of Mexico; Departed Mobile, Ala., for the last time on Jan. 21; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 6 on Naval Station Norfolk from Jan. 26-31.
February 2, The Savannah moored at Mayor's Point Terminal in Port of Brunswick, Ga., for a five-day visit in preparation for its commissioning ceremony.
February 5, USS Savannah was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony in Brunswick, Georgia.
February 7, The Savannah made a brief stop off the coast of its namesake city; Moored at S/S/I Mole Pier on Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., from Feb. 9-12; Transited the Yucatan Channel southbound on Feb. 13; Moored at Pier 16 in Port of Cristobal, Panama, on Feb. 16.
February 17, LCS 28 anchored approximately 2 n.m. southwest of Agua Clara Locks in Gatun Lake for a brief stop; Completed the southbound transit of Panama Canal on Thursday evening; Inport Golfito, Costa Rica, from Feb. 19-20; Moored at Cruise Pier in Port of Manzanillo, Mexico, from Feb. 24-25.
March 1, USS Savannah moored at Berth 1, Pier 4 in its homeport of Naval Base San Diego for the first time; Underway again on April 27; Brief stop at Bravo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island to onload ammo before moored at Berth 6, Pier 1 on April 29; Brief underway on May 20; Underway again from June 8-9.
June 22, The Savannah moored at Berth 6, Pier 1, on late Wednesday evening, after a day-long underway for Final Contract Trials (FCT); Underway again from June 24-27, July 12-18 and July 25; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop before moored at Quay Wall 3 on Aug. 1.
August 27, USS Savannah moored at Berth 1, Pier 4 on Naval Base San Diego after a five-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway again from Sept. 6-9; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 13 after a brief underway on Sept. 19; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to offload ammo on Sept. 20; Moved to Berth 6, Pier 1 on Sept. 26.
October 7, Cmdr. Jenna K. Van Zeyl assumed command of the USS Savannah (Gold) during an assumption-of-command ceremony on board the ship.
December 16, Cmdr. Daniel A. Sledz relieved Cmdr. Kevin M. Ray as CO of the USS Savannah (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.
January 20, 2023 USS Savannah moored at Berth 6, Pier 1 on Naval Base San Diego after a one-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Moved to Berth 5, Pier 3 on Feb. 27; Moved back to Berth 6, Pier 1 on March ?; Underway again from March 15-16 and March 23.
March 27, The Savannah moored at Cruise Pier in Port of Manzanillo, Mexico, for a one-day stop before participating in North American Maritime Security Initiative (NAMSI) Pacific exercise; Inport Manzanillo again from March 29- April 3; Returned home on April 7; Underway again on July 10.
July 17, The Savannah moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) on Naval Base Point Loma for a brief stop to refuel; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 13 on July 21; Underway again on July 31; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 4 on Aug. 3; Underway again from Sept. 18-22; Brief underway on Sept. 26; Moored at NFF for a brief stop to refuel on Oct. 12.
October 19, USS Savannah moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo before underway to conduct testing of the MK 70 Mod 1 Payload Delivery System (PDS), at the Point Mugu Test Range; Launched an SM-6 missile during a live-fire demonstration, while underway approx. 30 n.m. southwest of San Miguel Island, on Oct. 24; Returned home on Oct. 25.