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141009-N-SK590-092SAN DIEGO (Oct. 9, 2014) – Cmdr. Mike Davies, commanding officer, Littoral Combat ship (LCS) Crew 212, speaks at the commissioning ceremony. LCS Crew 212 is the first LCS crew to be individually commissioned apart from a ship. The crew is scheduled to board USS Coronado (LCS 4) in the coming months for training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee/Released)

LCS Crew 212 Commissioned For Duty
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Christopher Veloicaza, NPASE West
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The first littoral combat ship rotational crew commissioning ceremony was held for Crew 212 Oct. 9 at Admiral Baker Park.

"We wanted to make sure that we brought our crew to life, as we would have done with any ship that we were previously assigned to," said Lt. Ryan Patrick Murthan, Crew 212 main propulsion assistant.

The commissioning ceremony is the first of its kind since LCS crew rotations will be fully certified before arriving on-hull. This is a new method of operating within the LCS community and crew 212 is the first to accomplish it.

The ceremony opened with the announcement of the newly commissioned crew and its plans for the future. Several Sailors received awards and recognition throughout the ceremony for their performance during the establishment of the crew.

Crew 212 became qualified through various trainings and schools throughout the United States to prepare for their duties as a rotational LCS crew.

The crew will go to USS Coronado in January to finish operational maintenance and conduct engineering certifications at sea to validate the ship is ready to deploy.

Logistics Specialist Seaman Recruit Jaden A. Mason, an LCS Crew 212 member, said that he will be embarking on higher-ranking tasks as a seaman recruit because he is the only Logistics Specialist assigned to Coronado.

"I feel a lot of responsibility coming on with the commissioning of the crew, and it's going to be hard work, but there is definitely a bright future for crew 212," said Mason.
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