US Navy Withdraws USS Coronado From Service

The US Navy officially decommissioned its independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) on September 14 after less than nine years of active service. 

The 422-foot (129 meters) vessel entered service in 2014 at Naval Air Station North Island and was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

In a statement, the US Navy said the ship and its crew contributed largely to the country’s defense and maritime freedom. 

As a test and training ship, LCS 4 was deployed to the US 7th Fleet performing exercises with partner navies and conducting joint maneuvers with other US Navy warships.

The ship also went on a 14-month rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific in 2017 to work with several allied nations.

“Since April 5th, 2014, Coronado has been the vanguard for proving the capabilities of the LCS platform and establishing the mission sets,” commanding officer Spike Lamson said.

“The dedication of her crews and supporting teams have guaranteed the future success of this class of ship and the crews that will operate them over-the horizon.”

With its withdrawal from service, LCS 4 will be designated as Out of Commission, In Reserve asset, and its crew will have to wait for follow-on orders to new assignments.

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