The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will arrive at its new homeport of San Diego on Monday, the Navy announced today.
The 418-foot, high-speed trimaran will arrive a few weeks ahead of her commissioning ceremony, which is scheduled for April 5 at Naval Air Station North Island, according to Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office.
The Coronado, built in Mobile, Ala., is a versatile, new generation of combat ship capable of 50 mph or more. En route to San Diego from Florida, the crew tested the new vessel's systems and equipment, and participated in certification training. Port calls included Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Colombia, Panama; and in Mexico.
"I couldn't be more proud of my crew as they've conquered every obstacle in their way and thrived," said Cmdr. John Kochendorfer, commanding officer of Coronado Crew 203. "From day one when we departed Mobile, the crew has performed superbly and sailed Coronado with expert seamanship."
The Coronado is the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of the San Diego County city, where Naval Air Station North Island is situated.
—City News Service