USS Coronado LCS Commissioned, Powered by GE LM2500 Gas Turbines

GE Marine reports that Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) was commissioned by the United States Navy on April 5 at its home port of San Diego, California. This Independence-variant LCS is powered by two GE LM2500 marine gas turbines.

According to a U.S. Navy press release, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson, guest speaker at the commissioning ceremony, stated, "On behalf of the Secretary of the Navy, it's my pleasure to welcome the return of the name USS Coronado to the fleet. There is no finer city for this celebration, and no more Navy pride than there is in Coronado."

Named for the city of Coronado, California, LCS 4 is the third Navy ship to bear the name of the "Crown City." The first USS Coronado (PF 38), a patrol frigate, served as a convoy escort during World War II. The second USS Coronado (AGF 11), designed as an Austin-class amphibious transport dock (LPD), was reconfigured to be an auxiliary command ship (AGF); it was decommissioned in 2006. The new LCS 4 is now part of the U.S. Navy’s 3rd Fleet, which leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line.

The ship was built by Austal USA at is Mobile, Alabama, facility. LCS 4 incorporated a number of design changes based on lessons learned from the first ship of class, USS Independence (LCS 2). These changes are now part of the baseline design and are being incorporated in the construction of follow-on ships of the Independence variant.

Source: GE Marine
Date: May 15, 2014