Austal USA Rolls Out U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship Future USS Savannah

Austal USA rolled out U.S. Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Savannah (LCS 28), on Sept. 2, the company announced.

The vessel was rolled out of her assembly bay onto a barge for the first time at Austal’s advanced ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.

Future USS Savannah (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.

LCS is a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship designed to support focused mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions. The ship integrates new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals. Using an open architecture design, modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to gain, sustain and exploit littoral maritime supremacy, LCS provides U.S. joint force access to critical areas in multiple theaters.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom-variant and the Independence-variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom-variant team is led by Lockheed Martin in Marinette, Wisconsin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence-variant team is led by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

In addition to being in full-rate production for the LCS program, Austal USA is also the Navy’s prime contractor for the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) program. Austal has delivered 12 EPF, with a total of 14 under contract. Austal USA is also leading the evolution of connector and auxiliary ships as Austal EPF designs for dedicated medical, maintenance, logistics, and command and control ships continue to impress fleet commanders.

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USS Savannah LCS 28 Roll Out
Austal USA rolled out U.S. Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Savannah (LCS 28), on Sept. 2, 2020. Austal Photo.
USS Savannah (LCS 28)
The U.S. Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Savannah (LCS 28), sits on a barge after being rolled out of the assembly line for the first time on Sept. 2, 2020. Austal Photo.



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