United States Navy Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) is set to be deployed to US 7th Fleet area of operations. Prior to her deployment to Western Pacific, USS Coronado will join Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016, US 3rd Fleet said.
USS Coronado will depart 3rd Fleet’s Naval Base San Diego, June 22.
“We’re excited to have USS Coronado taking part in the world’s largest international maritime exercise,” said US 3rd Fleet commander Vice Admiral Nora Tyson. “This ship will play a critical role in the fleet and in our nation’s defense. RIMPAC provides a good opportunity for our partner navies to work with the ship and see how it can contribute to collective regional security.”
In US 7th Fleet, Coronado and a crew of about 70 Sailors, assigned to LCS Squadron (LCSRON) 1, will conduct presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations.
“It is an honor and privilege to deploy the first LCS-2 (USS Independence) variant to the 7th Fleet AOR,” said Cmdr. Scott Larson, commanding officer of Coronado and LCS Crew 204. “It’s time to demonstrate the full potential of these ships to the fleet, and I have every confidence that the Coronado team is poised to execute at a high level in support of vital operational tasking. I am exceedingly proud of how hard these Sailors have worked and trained, and grateful for the unconditional support our families have provided in helping us reach this milestone.”
Coronado is an innovative surface combatant designed to operate in littoral seas and shallow water to counter mines, submarines and fast surface craft threats in coastal regions.
US 7th Fleet’s AOR includes 36 maritime countries and the world’s five largest foreign armed forces, People’s Republic of China, Russia, India, North Korea and Republic of Korea. Moreover, five of the seven US Mutual Defense Treaties are with countries in the area, Republic of the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan, and Thailand.
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