The USS Coronado, a littoral combat ship, will be commissioned in San Diego in the beginning of 2014. As reported this week from a local group in its namesake city, USS Coronado will arrive in San Diego in January and have a commissioning ceremony in March at Coronado’s North Island Naval Air Station.
Being the second littoral combat ship of the Navy’s newest trimaran vessels, USS Coronado has a high-speed aluminum trimaran hull which allows the vessel to execute littoral operations and missions regarding mines, anti-submarine, and surface warfare.
USS Coronado was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama and is currently involved in trials. This will be the third ship named after Coronado in San Diego. USS Coronado’s sponsor is Susan Ring Keith, a lifetime Coronado native with an extensive Navy background. Her mother Eleanor Ring sponsored the last ship named after Coronado, California in 1966 that was decommissioned in 2006.
USS Coronado was christened by Susan Keith on January 14, 2012 in Mobile Bay. Here is a short video of the christening ceremony: