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USS Savannah (LCS 28) Gold Holds Assumption of Command Ceremony

12 October 2022

From Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE

Cmdr. Jenna Van Zeyl became the first Gold crew commanding officer of Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Savannah (LCS 28) during an assumption of command ceremony aboard the ship, Oct. 7.

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221007-N-ZS023-1089 SAN DIEGO (Oct 7, 2022) Cmdr. Kristin Van Zeyl, commanding officer of Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Savannah (LCS 28) Gold crew, salutes sideboys following her assumption of command ceremony on the ship’s flight deck, Oct. 7. LCS are fast, agile, mission-focused platforms designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. LCS support forward-presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence missions around the globe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Vance Hand)
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221007-N-ZS023-1089
221007-N-ZS023-1089 SAN DIEGO (Oct 7, 2022) Cmdr. Kristin Van Zeyl, commanding officer of Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Savannah (LCS 28) Gold crew, salutes sideboys following her assumption of command ceremony on the ship’s flight deck, Oct. 7. LCS are fast, agile, mission-focused platforms designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. LCS support forward-presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence missions around the globe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Vance Hand)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Vance Hand
VIRIN: 221007-N-ZS023-1089


Van Zeyl, a native of New Lenox, Ill., was previously the executive officer of Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59), and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in astronautical engineering.

"This is a significant moment for Savannah Gold as we embark on a transition to train, certify, and prepare for our on-hull operational tasking", said Van Zeyl. "I am honored to lead this crew and excited to use our expertise and skills to drive long-lasting success for the years to come."

Savannah, assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE, is the most recently commissioned Independence-variant LCS, and is currently located in San Diego, California. Littoral combat ships are fast, agile, mission-focused platforms designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. LCS are support forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence missions around the globe.

For more news from Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One, visit https://www.surfpac.navy.mil/comlcsron1/ or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/COMLCSRONONE/

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