Posted 3 months ago
USS Coronado (LCS-4) is an Independence-class littoral combat ship. She is the third ship of the United States Navy to be named after Coronado, California. The contract was awarded to General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works in May 2009 for the construction of LCS-4.
|USS Coronado at ALAVA Pier Subic Bay (LCS-4)|
Coronado is the second littoral combat ship (LCS) to feature a high-speed trimaran hull and will be designed to defeat littoral threats and provide access in coastal waters for missions such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare. There are two different LCS hull forms – the Independence-class aluminum trimaran, and the Freedom-class semiplaning monohull designed and built by Lockheed Martin. These seaframes will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission packages, which can be changed out quickly. Mission packages are supported by special detachments that will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors. Coronado was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.
Starting with LCS-4, the Independence class carries standard 7 metres (23 ft) long rigid-hulled inflatable boats, and improvements in corrosion protection and propulsion
The ship’s keel was laid on 17 December 2009.
She was launched and christened during a ceremony in Mobile Bay on 14 January 2012 by Susan Keith, the daughter of Eleanor Ring who christened USS Coronado (AGF-11) in 1966.
Fire is feared on all the ships of the Independence class, and the delivery of Coronado was delayed by two fires during her builder’s trials.USS Coronado was delivered on 27 September 2013. On 27 January 2014 Coronado departed the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, en route to her commissioning site in Coronado, California.She was commissioned on 5 April 2014.