CORONADO, Calif. --
The Navy will commission the newest littoral combat ship, USS Coronado (LCS 4), Saturday, April 5, during a 10 a.m. ceremony at Pier J on Naval Air Station North Island.
Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mark Ferguson, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Susan Ring Keith, a longtime resident of Coronado, will serve as sponsor of the ship. Her mother, Eleanor Ring, was the sponsor for the previous USS Coronado (AGF 11). The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Keith will give the first order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"
Cmdr. Shawn Johnston, a native of North Carolina, is the commanding officer of the ship and will lead the core crew of 40 officers and enlisted personnel. The 2,790-ton Coronado was built by Austal USA Shipbuilding in Mobile, Ala. The ship is 417 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 100 feet, and a navigational draft of 15 feet. The ship uses two gas turbine and two diesel engines to power four steerable waterjets to speeds in excess of 40 knots.
USS Coronado was designed to be a high-speed, shallow draft multi-mission ship capable of operating independently or with an associated strike group. It is designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters.
A fast, maneuverable, and networked surface combatant, Coronado provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
USS Coronado will be homeported at Naval Base San Diego.