USS CORONADO LCS 4
The Coronado (LCS 4) is the second ship in the Independence-class littoral combat ships. She is the third ship of the United States Navy to be named after Coronado, California. The keel was laid on December 17, 2009.
January 10, 2012 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Coronado entered the water for the first time, after a complex operation in Mobile, Ala. In a three-step process, self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) lifted the entire ship and keel stands almost three feet and moved the Littoral Combat Ship into the moored dry dock. The LCS and dry dock were then transported down river by tug to BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard where the ship was ultimately floated free of the keel stands, and was manoeuvred from the drydock. The vessel was then towed back upriver to Austal’s facility.
January 14, PCU Coronado was christened during a 10:00 a.m. CST ceremony at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Mrs. Susan Ring Keith served as sponsor of the ship. Her father Vice Adm. Stanhope C. Ring commanded an aircraft carrier air group during the Battle of Midway. The prospective commanding officer of the Blue crew is Cmdr. John N. Kochendorfer and Cmdr. Michael S. Johnston is CO of the Gold crew.
From April 11-12, 2013, the Coronado was underway for the first time to conduct Builder’s (Alpha) trials. Underway for second round of Builder's trials in May; Underway again on Aug. 1; Underway for acceptance trials from Aug. 19-23.
September 27, LCS 4 was officially delivered to the U.S. Navy during a short ceremony on board the ship at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Ala.
January 27, 2014 The PCU Coronado (Blue) departed Mobile for the last time and will conduct a Shakedown Cruise en route to San Diego, Calif.
January 31, The Pre-Commissioning Unit Coronado arrived in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a 12-day Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV).
February 15, The littoral combat ship arrived in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a brief stop to refuel.
February 24, LCS 4 moored at Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, Panama, for a brief port call after transiting Panama Canal. The ship recently made a brief stop at Cartagena, Colombia; Inport Manzanillo, Mexico, from March 2-6.
March 10, PCU Coronado arrived in its homeport of Naval Base San Diego after a six-week transit from Mobile, Alabama. Moored at Pier J, Naval Air Station North Island on March 28.
April 5, USS Coronado was commissioned during a 10 a.m. PST ceremony at NAS North Island in Coronado, Calif.
April 23, The Coronado (Gold) recently departed homeport for Developmental Testing off the coast of southern California.
May 10, Cmdr. Allen D. Adkins relieved Cmdr. John N. Kochendorfer as CO of the LCS 4 (Crew 203) during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego.
June 6, USS Coronado returned to San Diego after a two-day underway for final contract trials.
June 13, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, was awarded an $11,7 million modification to the previously awarded order (N00024-13-G-2316) to provide engineering and management efforts in support of the USS Coronado's Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Efforts will include program management, production supervision, temporary protection services and transportation services necessary to complete the PSA. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by December.
July 10, The Coronado (Crew 204) departed Naval Base San Diego to participate in a multinational mine countermeasures exercise, off the coast of southern California, in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.
August 7, Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden relieved Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman, III as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change-of-command ceremony on board the LCS 4 at Naval Base San Diego.
August 8, Cmdr. Peter S. Kim relieved Cmdr. Cmdr. Michael S. Johnston as CO of the USS Coronado (LCS Crew 204) during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.
August 1?, The Coronado departed homeport for Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT).
August 22, General Dynamics was awarded a $17,2 million modification 0001 to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-G-2316) to provide material and labor in support of the USS Coronado's PSA. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by March 2015. Fiscal 2006, 2009, and 2014 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $16,1 millon will be obligated at the time of award.
September 18, LCS 4 moored at Bravo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island for ammo onload.
September 23, USS Coronado (Crew 203) successfully conducted the first live-fire demonstration of an Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM), from a U.S. Navy ship, at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) sea test range off Point Mugu, Calif. The Norwegian-made missile was launched from the flight deck and scored a direct hit on its intended Mobile Ship Target (MST).
October ?, The Coronado entered the dry-dock at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASCCO) shipyard for a five-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). The work includes repairs to all four waterjet stern tubes, modifications to service diesel generator and HPM diesel exhaust, installation of a new bridge wings and vestibules and a modification to new engine room ventilation.
January ?, 2015 The Rotational LCS Crew 212, commanded by Cmdr. Michael B. Davis, assumed command of the USS Coronado to finish operational maintenance and conduct engineering certifications at sea; LCS 4 undocked and moored at Naval Base San Diego in March.
May 11, USS Coronado departed homeport for sea trials off the coast of southern California; Moored at Navy Fuel Farm, Naval Base Point Loma for a brief stop on May 13.
June 3, The littoral combat ship moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to onload ammunition.
June 10, USS Coronado (Crew 204) moored at Berth 6, Pier 5 on Naval Base San Diego after a six-day underway for routine training; Underway again from June 1?-23 and June 26-2?; Moored at Bravo Pier to onload ammo on July 17.
August 3, The Coronado returned to San Diego after a two-week underway for initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the surface warfare mission package at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) Point Mugu range; Underway again on Aug. 11; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo on Aug. 12.
August 14, LCS 4 successfully executed the first ever at-sea demonstration of the SeaRAM Point-Defense Weapon System. Coronado's Combat Systems Team shot down a BQM-74E utilizing the RIM-116 Block 1A missile off Pt. Mugu, California; Returned home on Aug. 17.
August 27, USS Coronado moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo before underway for local operations; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 5 on Sept. 3; Underway again from Sept. 8-18, Sept. 21-25 and Sept. 29; Underway en route to San Francisco on Oct. 5.
October 7, USS Coronado (Crew 204) moored at Pier 80B in San Francisco, Calif., for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration; Returned home on Oct. 15; Underway for local operations from Nov. 9-12.
January 28, 2016 The Coronado (Crew 206), commanded by Cmdr. Troy A. Fendrick, returned to homeport after a week-long underway for Total Ship Survivability Trial (TSST) in the SOCAL Op. Area, in preparation for shock trials scheduled for Summer.
February 24, USS Coronado is set to receive a Boeing RGM-84D Harpoon Block 1C surface-to-surface guided weapon system for extended operational testing. A live fire test is planned for July, as part of the RIMPAC 2016 exercise.
February 26, Rotational LCS Crew 204 assumed command of the LCS 4 during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.
March 14, The littoral combat ship departed San Diego for local operations; Moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop before return home on March 23; Underway for Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX), off the coast of southern California, from March 28- April 11; Underway again from April 28- May ?.
May 6, Cmdr. Scott W. Larson relieved Cmdr. Peter S. Kim as CO of the Coronado (LCS Crew 204) during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Berth 6, Pier 5.
June 1, USS Coronado (Crew 204) recently departed homeport for initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E); Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo on June 2; Brief stop at Bravo Pier again on June 7; Returned home on June ?.
June 22, USS Coronado, with an embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 Detachment, departed Naval Base San Diego for its maiden western Pacific deployment.
June 29, The Coronado moored at Pier M3 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to participate in a biennial multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC); Underway for at-sea phase on July 12.
July 19, LCS 4 participated in a sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the ex-USS Crommelin (FFG 37), 55 nautical miles northwest of Kauai, Hawaii, as part of the RIMPAC exercise. This marked the first time that the Independence-class littoral combat ship successfully fired a Harpoon missile.
August 1, USS Coronado moored at Wharf B20 in Pearl Harbor for a 25-day port call.
August 29, The Coronado experienced an engineering casualty while transiting the Pacific Ocean westbound and will return to Pearl Harbor, escorted by USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), for repairs.
September 4, USS Coronado moored at Wharf B20 again after a three-day delay due to Hurricane Lester; Underway for sea trials on Sept. 2?; Departed the Hawaiian Op. Area on Sept. 29.
October 16, The littoral combat ship arrived in Changi Naval Base, its forward-deployed base of operations, in Singapore for the first time.