The USS Coronado (LCS-4), christened by Susan Keith in 2012 in Austal, AL, is the Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, uniquely designed with a trimaran hull and shallow draft enabling it to operate in coastal waters with speeds over 40 knots, yet capable of open ocean operations.

Outfitted with interchangeable payloads called “mission packages,” she can support mine, undersea, and surface warfare missions. Her namesake city of Coronado looks forward to her commissioning.

The ship commissions on Saturday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. at Pier Juliet. The public is invited but tickets are required for security purposes. Enter the base at the VADM Stockdale Gate coming in from Third Street and follow the signs to the parking area. You are encouraged to arrive at 8:30 AM to allow time for security screening. Following commissioning, a reception will be held on the pier and tours of the ship will be available.

It’s not too late to take part in this historic event! If you need tickets or want to make a donation, go to the Commissioning Committee website at http://www.coronadocommissioning.net/. You may also purchase a yard sign at the Coronado Historical Association at 1100 Orange Avenue. The proceeds from your purchase will go to support the commissioning.

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