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March 12, 2014 / iDriveWarships

USS Coronado Makes Homeport Arrival in San Diego

There’s a new crown in town now that littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) made her homeport arrival in San Diego on March 10.

Commanding Officer CDR John Kochendorfer led LCS Crew 203 through the sailaround, including a transit of the Panama Canal, and will be relieved during a scheduled crew rotation in a few weeks.

After departing Mayport on Jan. 27, the ship made port visits in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Cartagena, Colombia; Rodman, Panama and Manzanillo, Mexico.

As the “Crown of the Fleet,” Coronado already embraces her namesake city by referring to all living and dining spaces as “Hotel Del,” and naming its Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat “Silver Strand.”

Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka and City Council Member Mike Woiwode were onboard as the ship pulled into port, and offered the crew a warm welcome to their city.

USS Coronado in numbers:
• Fourth ship in the LCS class
• Second ship of the Independence-variant
• Third ship to bear its name

The next crowning achievement for the crew will be a commissioning ceremony on April 5 at Naval Air Station North Island. The ship’s sponsor is Susan Ring Keith, the daughter of Vice Admiral Stanhope Ring, a WWII veteran and Navy Cross recipient.

USS Coronado transits the San Diego Bay

Click here to view more photos from Coronado’s arrival.

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  1. dannyslifeandtravel / Aug 12 2014 4:31 am

    interesting read …looks like a stealth ship to me or maybe its just my eye sight

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