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Navy Holds Christening for USS Savannah

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The U.S. Navy has christened the future USS Savannah built by Austal USA at the company's facility in Mobile, Ala.

Dianne Isakson, wife of former Sen. John Isakson performed the christening as the vessel's sponsor, the Department of Defense said Friday.

Designated as LCS 28, USS Savannah is the Navy's 14th Independence-class vessel and the sixth ship to bear the name. The ship is built to carry out anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasure and surface warfare operations.

“Today we christened the sixth USS Savannah following an outstanding record of service named for a great American city," said Kenneth Braithwaite, Navy secretary.

Austal USA delivered the Independence-class USS Oakland ship to the service branch in June.