SAN DIEGO – Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the "Wildcards" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 will return home from an 18-month deployment, Dec. 5.
HSC-23 will fly off the ship earlier in the day, returning to their homeport of Naval Air Station North Island. Then Sailors of LCS Crew 203 will arrive at Naval Base San Diego, ending eight months of an eighteen-month deployment. In April, LCS Crew 203 relieved LCS Crew 204 who had taken Coronado on her maiden deployment beginning in June 2016.
Coronado participated in and conducted various operations in U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, contributing to the littoral combat ship program and to the nation on her maiden deployment. Coronado also worked alongside 16 other nations in 18 different exercises around the region.
Coronado’s crowning achievement was successfully launching a harpoon over-the-horizon missile utilizing the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle as a targeting system off the coast of Guam during Pacific Griffin 2017. Pacific Griffin was a bilateral exercise with the Republic of Singapore Navy to enhance the capabilities of both navies to ensure maritime security and stability.
Coronado also conducted a coordinated patrol with the Philippine Navy to enhance both navies’ ability to respond to piracy and transnational criminal activity in the Sulu Sea.
Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship and the second member of the independence variant. She is the third ship named after the city of Coronado. LCS is a high speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations. As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants.
USS Coronado Deployment Highlights and Milestones
• Deployed for 18 months, with 14 months on station in U.S. 7th Fleet.
• During her rotational deployment, USS Coronado operated with navies of 12
partner nations, participated in 10 multilateral and bilateral exercises, and made
15 strategic port visits across the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
• USS Coronado conducted coordinated counter piracy operations with the
Philippine Navy in the Sulu Sea in June.
• USS Coronado made inaugural port visits for the LCS in Cam Ranh, Vietnam and
Lamut, Malaysia enhancing regional partnerships.
• USS Coronado contributed to maritime security through numerous presence
operations in the South China Sea, Philippine Sea, and Straits of Malacca and
• The rotational deployment of USS Coronado advanced the 15-4 maintenance
concept of LCS by reducing the average repair time for maintenance casualties
while deployed from 15 to 4 days increasing the availability and readiness of the
• USS Coronado advanced LCS ability to execute expeditionary maintenance in
locations outside the normal maintenance hub of Singapore to include Cam Ranh,
Vietnam and Lumut, Malaysia.
• In training off Guam, USS Coronado fired a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile
and successfully struck a target beyond visual range advancing the lethality and
capabilities of the LCS platform.
• Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific
• Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE
• LCS Crew 203 Deploys to Relieve USS Coronado Sailors, March 28, 2017