Current USS Coronado
The Coronado (LCS 4) is the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Coronado and the second Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to feature an innovative, proven trimaran hull. The unique hull design offers unparalleled stability for marine and aviation operations up to and including Sea State 5. Coronado, the second Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship, is being constructed in Austal USA’s Modular Manufacturing Facility (MMF). It is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2012.
On 30 April 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, Alabama shipyard, as well as more than 100 employees of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Pittsfield, Mass.
On 17 December 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.
On 14 January 2012 the Christening ceremony for the Coronado was held in Mobile. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition, Sean Stackley, delivered the principal address at the ceremony, and Susan Ring Keith served as the ship's sponsor.
Coronado (LCS 4) is scheduled for commissioning in June 2012.
The Coronado (LCS 4) is an innovative surface combatant designed to operate in littoral seas and shallow water to counter mines, submarines and fast surface craft threats in coastal regions.
1st USS Coronado
USS Coronado (PF-38), a Patrol Frigate, was launched 17 June 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Los Angeles, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract and commissioned 17 November 1943 with Lieutenant Commander N. W. Sprow, USCG, as the first commanding officer.
Coronado arrived in Australia March 1944 for convoy escort duty to New Guinea. After escorting troop and cargo transports to Manus to support the landings there, she returned to the New Guinea area for operations in the western part of that island, taking part in landings on Biak, Cape Sansapor and Morotai. She also joined in the Leyte operation and served on escort and patrol duty between Leyte and New Guinea.
Coronado was decommissioned 12 July 1945, and transferred to Russia under lend lease. Returned to the United States at Yokosuka 16 October 1949, Coronado was placed in reserve there until 14 January 1953 when she was transferred to Japan under the Mutual Assistance Program.
Coronado received four battle stars for World War II service.
For more detailed history on the first USS Coronado visit the Navy Archive page at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/c12/Coronado.htm.
2nd USS Coronado
USS Coronado (LPD/AGF-11) was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the city in California. She was designed as an Austin-class amphibious transport dock (LPD), one of seven fitted with an additional superstructure level for command ship duties.
Her keel was laid down on 1 May 1965 by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington. She was launched on 1 July 1966 and commissioned 23 May 1970. First assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet in the 1970s, USS Coronado conducted extensive operations, deploying on numerous occasions to the Caribbean Sea and Mediterranean Sea, as well as northern Europe.
In 1980 Coronado was re-designated an Auxiliary Command Ship (AGF-11). Her first assignment was as command ship for Commander, U.S. Middle East Force, stationed in the Persian Gulf. She was assigned as the command ship of Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet in October 1985. In July 1986, Coronado was ordered to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to become the command ship for Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. Coronado was relieved as Third Fleet command ship and deployed to the Persian Gulf to assume duties as command ship for Commander, U.S. Middle East Force in January 1988. During this period she served as flagship for Operation Praying Mantis, the largest American naval action since World War II.
On 9 November 1988, Coronado again assumed her duties as Commander, U.S. Third Fleet command ship. Coronado remained homeported in Hawaii until August 1991, when crew and staff changed homeports to San Diego. Third Fleet and Coronado had become the center for naval innovation and technology experimentation. In November 1998 a large ship modification was completed. Incorporating the latest network-centric technology, Coronado became the most advanced command ship in the world. As a result, in October 2000, the Office of the Secretary of the Navy assigned Coronado to host the Navy's Sea-Based Battle Lab (SBBL), an afloat platform for testing prototype systems and software, evaluating future naval capabilities, and assessing operational compatibility and possible further implementation throughout the United States Navy.
In November 2003 Coronado was decommissioned, transferred to the Military Sealift Command and redesignated T-AGF-11. However, shortly thereafter, it was transferred back to the Navy and recommissioned. In 2004, the 7th Fleet command ship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), went into dry dock and Coronado temporarily assumed 7th Fleet command responsibilities. On 27 September 2004, Blue Ridge returned to duty as the command ship. USS Coronado (AGF-11) was decommissioned at the end of Fiscal Year 2006.
On 12 September 2012, AGF-11 was sunk and now serves as an artificial reef for the Marianas region.