Milestone MQ-8C Fire Scout IOT&E complete

USS Coronado (LCS 4) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 completed the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, June 29. Results from this IOT&E will inform decision-makers on how best to integrate the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter with littoral combat ships (LCS) and other platforms. During the IOT&E, the MQ-8C Fire Scout performed several mission scenarios aboard Coronado off the coast of Southern California. These operations are an important milestone for the LCS and Fire Scout programs, and demonstrated cohesion between…

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USS Coronado Underway for MQ-8C Fire Scout Testing

USS Coronado (LCS 4) began underway operational testing of the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout, off the coast of San Diego, June 15. The operations are a continuation of MQ-8C operational testing that began in April. This next phase is testing the MQ-8C’s ability to operate concurrently with other airborne assets and littoral combat ships. The enhanced capability will provide commanders an improved and integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance picture. Coronado is one of four designated LCS testing ships and the ship’s commanding officer says he and…

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USS Coronado Completes Operational Testing of New Mine Detection System

USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed operational testing of the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) System, Apr. 6. This second phase of testing for Coronado, which began shortly after completion of developmental testing, Feb. 22, 2018, involved inport and underway operations with support from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 and Mine Countermeasure Detachment 6. “The crew onboard was the perfect fit to conduct this testing,” said Danny Lunden, test director for Mine Countermeasure Mission Package, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division. “We all worked so well together and…

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BAE Systems Wins Additional Mk110 Naval Guns Contract for U.S. Navy LCS

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by General Dynamics to provide two additional Mk110 Naval Gun Systems for the Independence variant of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The additional guns are part of a follow-on to a current contract, bringing the total number of Mk110 systems to 15 for the Independence variant. “BAE Systems’ Mk110 Naval Gun, together with our advanced 3P programmable multi-purpose ammunition, provides a unique capability to address multiple air, sea, and land threats” The fully automatic Mk110 gun system, known internationally as the…

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Coastal Mine Reconnaissance Module Completes Developmental Testing on USS Coronado

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) program successfully completed Developmental Testing (DT) of the Coastal Mine Reconnaissance (CMR) mission module aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) off the coast of Southern California Feb. 22. Consisting of the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle with its Mission Control System (MCS), the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlespace Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system with the airborne payload sub-system and the post-mission analysis sub-system, supporting software and support containers, the CMR mission module is supported by MINEnet Tactical, a web-based solution for command and control…

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USS Coronado returns home to San Diego from deployment

Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 returned home from an 18-month deployment, Dec. 5. HSC-23 disembarked the ship earlier in the day, flying back to Naval Air Station North Island. A few hours later, Sailors of LCS Crew 203 greeted friends and family at the pier, ending eight months of an eighteen-month deployment. In April, LCS Crew 203 relieved LCS Crew 204 who had taken Coronado on her maiden deployment beginning in June 2016. “Each member of the core…

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USS Coronado arrives in Hawaii for final port call

USS Coronado will (LCS 4) arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 25 for a final port call on her voyage back to homeport San Diego. Since April, LCS Crew 203 has manned Coronado for all operations and exercises, including a successful Harpoon surface-to-surface missile engagement while operating with the Singaporean Navy during the Pacific Griffin exercise. “Over the past eight months, the crew met each challenge with vigor and a sense of duty,” said Commanding Officer Cmdr. Douglas Meagher. “We were able to demonstrate the tangible value of…

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USS Coronado Departs U.S 7th Fleet After Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment

USS Coronado (LCS 4) departed the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Nov. 21 after supporting theater security cooperation efforts and maritime security operations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific for nearly 14 months.  During the rotational deployment, the ship and crew operated with navies of 16 partner nations, participated in 11 multilateral and bilateral exercises, and made 10 strategic port visits across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Coronado visited Puerto Princesa, Philippines, Guam, and Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands while transiting out of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently in…

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USS Coronado departs Singapore after 14-months

USS Coronado (LCS 4) departed Singapore Nov. 4 after completing a 14-month rotational deployment to Southeast Asia. During the deployment, the ship and crew operated with navies of 16 partner nations, participated in 11 multilateral and bilateral exercises, and made 10 strategic port visits across the region. “The rotational deployment of USS Coronado demonstrated the relevance of LCS as a platform tailor made for the dynamic and congested sea lanes, straits and archipelagos of South and Southeast Asia, providing flexible options and tactical advantages,” said Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, Commander,…

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USS Coronado visits Jakarta, lays wreath on USS Houston in Sunda Strait

USS Coronado (LCS 4) made a goodwill visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 14-16 to engage with civic leaders, the diplomatic community, and counterparts from the Indonesian Navy. During the visit to Jakarta the crew hosted a shipboard reception attended by U.S. Ambassador Joseph Donovan and senior members of the Indonesian government and military. The port visit also provided an opportunity after departing for the crew of Coronado to lay a wreath in remembrance to the fallen Sailors of the former USS Houston (CA 30) who perished in the World War…

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USS Coronado at LIMA 2017

March 21, 2017 – Assets from the U.S. Navy and Air Force are on display at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2017, March 21-25. Founded in 1991, LIMA is a biennial event which has become a premier destination for aerospace and maritime manufacturers. The U.S. last participated in LIMA in 2015. “LIMA is a tremendous opportunity for the United States military to engage with counterparts in southeast Asia and to showcase our capabilities and assets,” said U.S Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdir. “It is also an…

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Coronado focuses on flight ops, crew training at sea

February 13, 2017 – Sailors aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) are training and conducting operations at sea following the ship’s departure from Singapore, Feb. 10. After a short, but productive in-port period conducting engineering maintenance, the Coronado crew is executing a busy training schedule focused on unit level training, crew served weapons firing, small boat operations, flight operations and engineering operations testing. “While underway, we are conducting training across multiple mission areas, including weapons training, manned and unmanned flight operations, ship-handling and damage control drills,” said Cmdr.…

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