Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) recently completed final contract trials administered by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.
The four-day trials began with pre-underway and material condition checks, followed by at-sea demonstrations. Trial highlights included combat systems air and surface detect-to-engage scenarios, 57mm gun firing exercises, main propulsion full power and maneuvering testing, and launch and recovery of the 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat.
The Coronado, the fourth LCS and second of the Independence variant, was commissioned in April and is homeported at Naval Base San Diego.
The LCS program, which began in 2002 with the USS Freedom and USS Independence, delivered in 2008 and 2009 respectively, signals a refocusing of the Navy’s move to more adaptable ships. These littoral ships are a “fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation,” according to the Navy.
LCS 4 will undergo a post shakedown availability this fall. In 2015, the ship will execute an initial operation test and evaluation with a surface warfare mission package embarked and then forward deploy.