An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

ArticleCS - Article View
NEWS | Dec. 1, 2016

USS Coronado Flexes Capabilities, Enhances Crew Training during Underway Operations

By Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific

CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore -- The Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) sailed from Changi Naval Base in Singapore Nov. 30, for a routine patrol following a scheduled maintenance period.

Coronado arrived in Singapore on Oct. 16 following a busy operational schedule that included participation in the 2016 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise off the coast of Hawaii and a Pacific Ocean transit.

The ship was deployed to Southeast Asia to partner with regional navies and enhance maritime security relationships. While underway, USS Coronado’s crew will train and sharpen their seafaring skills in preparation for operations and cooperative security engagements scheduled during the ship’s rotational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

“We have a significant amount of unit-level sustainment training scheduled this week, to include man overboard drills, quick-draw serials, gun shoots, boat operations, and engineering casualty control exercises,” said Cmdr. Scott Larson, commanding officer of USS Coronado. “I'm extremely proud of the attitude and focus the team continues to apply as we take Coronado through her maiden deployment to the region."

The ship's maintenance availability began in early November following a local underway period for training and operational testing. Many of the ship’s departments worked with external technical representatives to complete work and repairs to ready the ship for underway operations.

"Our time at sea gives the team an invaluable opportunity to flex the ship following a very busy maintenance and repair period over the past few weeks,” said Larson. “During the in-port period, the Aviation Detachment was also able to complete extensive "D" Phase maintenance to our MH-60S helicopter while deployed, an LCS Program first. Putting to sea and completing the required functional check flight of the aircraft is another key objective of this underway.”

Lt. Cmdr. Evan Young, officer in charge, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, Detachment 4, talked about the importance of “D” phase maintenance.

"A “D” phase is the most intrusive period of organizational level maintenance our helicopter undergoes,” said Young. “I’ve seen a “D” phase take as long as two and a half weeks, but our team did it in seven days. That’s pretty incredible and we couldn’t have done it without the support of Crew 204.”

Currently on a rotational deployment in support of the Asia-Pacific Rebalance, Coronado is a fast and agile warship tailor-made to patrol the region’s littorals and work hull-to-hull with partner navies, providing 7th Fleet with the flexible capabilities it needs now and in the future.

On behalf of Commander, Task Force 73, Destroyer Squadron 7 conducts advanced planning, organizes resources and directly supports the execution of maritime engagements such as the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series, the Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) with Vietnam, and the multilateral Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise with Bangladesh, Cambodia, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy's largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.

Google Translation Disclaimer

  • Google Translate, a third party service provided by Google, performs all translations directly and dynamically.
  • Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, has no control over the features, functions, or performance of the Google Translate service.
  • The automated translations should not be considered exact and should be used only as an approximation of the original English language content.
  • This service is meant solely for the assistance of limited English-speaking users of the website.
  • Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information translated.
  • Some items cannot be translated, including but not limited to image buttons, drop down menus, graphics, photos, or portable document formats (pdfs).
  • Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, does not directly endorse Google Translate or imply that it is the only language translation solution available to users.
  • All site visitors may choose to use similar tools for their translation needs. Any individuals or parties that use Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, content in translated form, whether by Google Translate or by any other translation services, do so at their own risk.
  • IE users: Please note that Google Translate may not render correctly when using Internet Explorer. Users are advised to use MS Edge, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser to take full advantage of the Google Translate feature.
  • The official text of content on this site is the English version found on this website. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in translated text, refer to the English version on this website, it is the official version.