“This deployment showed me the true power of 'the Sailor,' said Coronado Command Master Chief Joshua J. Jackson. “With a minimally manned crew we accomplished a great deal and successfully met the challenges of completing many 'first' milestones in the community. Our crew was extremely honored to accept the challenges and we are now excited to return home to our families.”
The Sailors were not the only ones happy for the homecoming. Family and friends were excited to show their love and support for the returning Sailors.
“The home fire is burning bright and the families are excited to welcome home their Sailors,” said Lorraine Richards, Coronado’s command ombudsman. “In addition to the great job our Sailors have done while deployed, during these past eight months we’ve had three babies born and several graduations and promotions. Now we are looking forward to having some time to enjoy these milestones together and enjoy our time with our Sailors.”
Capt. Jordy M. Harrison, commander of LCS Squadron 1, was also on hand to welcome home the crew of Coronado. He said he was proud of and amazed by the crew’s performance during their long deployment.
“What our ships offer our combatant commanders cannot be understated,” said Harrison. “LCS provides force flexibility, offering the commanders options to pair capability with mission. Coronado's return to homeport following the maiden deployment is a testament to the successes of the ship and program, demonstrating once again the capability and value of LCS in the Fleet.”
USS Coronado was the fourth LCS to be commissioned, the second of the Independence-variant, and is the third U.S. Navy 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 is 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. Paired with advanced sonar and mine hunting capabilities, LCS provides a major contribution and a more diverse set of options to commanders across a broad spectrum of operations.