Future USS Coronado
Future USS Coronado (LCS 4)
From PEO LCS Public Affairs.
Mobile, Alabama -- January 27, 2014 -- (NNS)
-- The Navy's newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Coronado (LCS 4),
departed from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 27, en route to her
commissioning site in Coronado, Calif.
Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship delivered to the
Navy, and the second LCS of the aluminum, trimaran Independence variant. It is
scheduled to be commissioned April 5, and will be homeported in San Diego, Calif.
Gulf of Mexico (August 23, 2013) The future USS Coronado (LCS
4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptance trials
are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy,
which is planned for later this fall.
"It is exciting to see Coronado, operated by her Navy crew,
exiting the new construction yard en route to her homeport," said Capt. Tom
Anderson, LCS Program Manager. "There is a great sense of pride among the many
who were involved in her construction in seeing her headed to sea to do what she
was built to do."
During her transit to the West Coast and prior to her
commissioning, Coronado will conduct hull, mechanical, and electrical system
shakedown events as well as navigation checks and combat systems test events.
Additionally, the crew will participate in training events to continue honing
their familiarity with the Independence variant.
Prior to sail away, the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey
(INSURV) conducted acceptance trials aboard Coronado. INSURV found the ship's
performance to be "strong" following what was hailed as "the most complete and
rigorous trial on the Independence variant to date," and recommended the vessel
LCS 4 incorporated a number of design changes based on
lessons learned from the first ship of class, USS Independence (LCS 2). These
changes are now part of the baseline design and are being incorporated in the
construction of follow-on ships of the Independence variant.
The Austal USA team has Jackson (LCS 6), Montgomery (LCS 8),
Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and Omaha (LCS 12) under construction in Mobile, Ala.
In March 2013, construction contracts were awarded for Manchester (LCS 14) and
Tulsa (LCS 16).
The littoral combat ship class is designed to defeat threats
in coastal waters where increasingly capable submarines, mines, and swarming
small craft operate. To deliver capabilities against these threats, the Navy
introduced LCS with innovative concepts, such as modular mission packages, to
quickly respond to an evolving threat.
Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships is responsible
for delivering and sustaining the fleet's littoral mission capabilities.
Consistent delivery of high-quality warfighting assets, while balancing
affordability and capability, is key to supporting the nation's maritime
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