Independence-variant LCS

Coronado - LCS 4

The Coronado (LCS 4) is the second Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to feature an innovative, proven trimaran hull. This design offers unparalleled stability for marine and aviation operations up to and including Sea State 5. Coronado was delivered to the U.S. Navy on September, 27, 2013.

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March 10, 2014
The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) arrived at its new homeport of San Diego March 10, a few weeks ahead of her commissioning ceremony scheduled for April 5 at Naval Air Station North Island.

Upon departing Mayport, the ship continued its testing and training and made port visits to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Colombia, Panama, and Mexico before its arrival to San Diego.

"I couldn't be more proud of my crew as they've conquered every obstacle in their way and thrived," said Cmdr. John Kochendorfer, Coronado Crew 203 commanding officer. "From day one when we departed Mobile, the crew has performed superbly and sailed Coronado with expert seamanship. They've proven that they can accomplish anything."

Coronado is the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of the "Crown City" and is the second littoral combat ship of the Independence variant which features an innovative, trimaran hull. The unique hull design offers unparalleled stability for marine and aviation operations in severe sea states.

"The commissioning of any ship is a special experience for every Sailor. It builds a bond, a unique relationship between the ship and Sailor," said Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Anthony Corey, Crew 203 senior enlisted leader. "Each and every Sailor is looking forward to participating in that time-honored Navy tradition."

After the formal commissioning ceremony scheduled April 5 at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado will become part of the U.S. 3rd Fleet.

January 27, 2014
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.

"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 be accepted.

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.

September 27, 2013
MOBILE, Ala. (NNS) -- The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard here Sept. 27.

Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship (LCS) to deliver to the Navy, the second of the Independence variant - noted for its trimaran hull - to join the fleet.

Capt. Randy Garner, Commodore LCS Squadron One (LCSRON), was on hand to mark the occasion.

"We are excited to receive USS Coronado into the LCS class and ultimately to San Diego alongside the other LCS class ships in service," said Garner.

The LCSRON supports the operational commanders with warships ready for tasking by manning, training, equipping, and maintaining all LCSs in the fleet.

Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS 4 from the shipbuilder, a General Dynamics-led team that includes Bath Iron Works, Austal USA, and Advanced Information Systems, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for April 2014 in Coronado, Calif.

Following commissioning, Coronado will be homeported in San Diego with her sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).

"This second ship of the Independence variant, which encompasses lessons learned from its predecessor, has proven her readiness for delivery through the most rigorous acceptance trial conducted to date," said LCS Program Manager Capt. Tom Anderson. "I'm excited to place this impressive ship in the hands of the crew and I know they are equally as excited to make her their own."

August 23, 2013
The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully concluded acceptance trials after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), the Navy announced Aug. 28.

Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, which is planned for later this fall. The ship completed trials Aug. 23.

"Coronado's performance was strong" said Rear Adm. Robert Wray, INSURV president. "[This was] the most complete and rigorous trial on the Independence variant to date. I remain bullish on these seaframes."

During the four-day trial, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary systems. While underway, the ship successfully performed launch and recovery operations with both the 7-meter and 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats, a four-hour full power run, surface and air self defense detect-to-engage exercises, and demonstrated the ship's tremendous maneuverability performing tight turns and accomplishing speeds in excess of 40 knots.

"Coronado encompasses lessons learned from the construction and operation of its predecessor USS Independence. The value of those changes was evident in the strong performance of the ship during her trial." said LCS Program Manager Capt. Tom Anderson. "It's a very exciting time in the LCS program."

Following delivery and commissioning, Coronado will be homeported in San Diego with its sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).

October 5, 2012
On October 5, 2012, Austal completed main engine light off of the two MTU 9,100kW 20V 8000 M71 propulsion diesel engines and the two 22,000kW GE LM2500 gas turbine engines on the 127-meter Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS 4). The light-off of the main engines follows the fuel load and the testing of all four generators.

July 6, 2012
On July 6, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions joined Austal, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works personnel in completing the Combat Systems Light Off milestone in the second Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, Coronado (LCS 4). Senator Sessions operated the 57mm gun from the bridge of LCS 4 and he was able to demonstrate the gun’s ability to target another ship and track its progress. This milestone signifies that Coronado’s advanced computer, weapon and sensor systems are operational and ready for commencement of formal Combat Systems test and certification process cycle.

January 14, 2012
Coronado, the second Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), was christened on January 14, 2012, during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. Susan Ring Keith is the ship’s sponsor. In 1966, Susan's mother, Eleanor Ring, christened the previous USS Coronado (LPD/AGF-11) and Susan served as Maid of Honor. In 2009, Susan was invited by the Secretary of the Navy to serve as Sponsor of Coronado (LCS4). Susan's daughter, Isabella (Belle) Keith Drouin, will follow in Susan's footsteps by serving as the ship's Matron of Honor.

The Honorable Sean J. Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition, served as Principal Speaker. He was joined on stage by Rear Admiral James A. Murdoch, USN, Program Executive Officer, Littoral Combat Ships; and the Honorable Casey Tanaka, Mayor of Coronado.

December 17, 2009

The keel laying ceremony was held in Mobile at Austal USA’s Assembly Bay 4 to record completion of the first major construction milestone for the Coronado (LCS 4). In attendance were a number of Navy representatives, including RDML James Murdoch, Navy Littoral Combat Ship Program Manager, and members of the General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship Team, including members of the Austal USA work force.

April 30, 2009
The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics a contract to construct Coronado (LCS 4), the second Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to feature an innovative, high-speed trimaran hull. This contract will support more than 500 jobs in Austal’s Mobile shipyard, as well as more than 100 employees of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath and Mobile, and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Pittsfield, Mass., Mobile and other locations.