USS Coronado Departs Hawaii for Western Pacific Deployment

Story Number: NNS160829-08Release Date: 8/29/2016 10:47:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michaela Garrison, USS Coronado (LCS 4) Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Aug. 26 to continue its independent deployment to the Western Pacific.

The ship's departure follows participation in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016, in which the ship successfully completed a Harpoon Block 1C missile LCS-based launch.

The firing of the Harpoon missile from Coronado represented the first time over-the-horizon (OTH) missile technology has been introduced to the littoral combat ship class.

Coronado and its crew of about 70 Sailors assigned to LCS Squadron 1 began their deployment June 22 after departing their homeport of Naval Base San Diego.

Cmdr. Scott Larson, commanding officer of Coronado and LCS Crew 204, said he is motivated to demonstrate to the fleet and coalition maritime partners the unique capabilities the Independence-variant LCS provides.

"Throughout deployment I expect a total team effort, culminating with a safe and successful deployment characterized by smart execution, conspicuous professionalism, rigorous preparation, and the completion of all assigned operational tasking," said Larson.

While deployed to 7th Fleet, Coronado will conduct routine patrols, port visits and exercises with regional navies. Prior to arriving at Changi Naval Base in Singapore this fall, Coronado will join exercise Kakadu in Australia, followed by Deep Sabre in Singapore.

Each LCS is designed to support different mission packages depending on the tactical environment in which they are involved. Coronado is designed to operate in littoral seas and shallow water to counter mines, submarines, and fast surface craft threats in coastal regions. Additionally, the ship supports flight operations for search and rescue, maritime surveillance and interdiction, intelligence gathering, amphibious assault and combat action.

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 personnel are deployed aboard Coronado with two MQ-8 Fire Scouts, Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles equipped with maritime surveillance radar (Telephonics AN/ZPY-4).

The ship is assigned to U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. 3rd Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet complement one another across the spectrum of military operations in the Pacific.

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The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts operations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.
160722-N-MW990-040 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 22, 2016) The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts operations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michaela Garrison/Released)
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