USS Coronado back at sea after maintenance

U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Coronado returned to sea after spending just seven days undergoing engineering maintenance in Singapore.

Sailors aboard USS Coronado started training and conducting operations at sea after departing Singapore on February 10.

The Coronado crew is executing a busy training schedule focused on unit level training, crew served weapons firing, small boat operations, flight operations and engineering operations testing.

“While underway, we are conducting training across multiple mission areas, including weapons training, manned and unmanned flight operations, ship-handling and damage control drills,” said Cmdr. Scott Larson, commanding officer, USS Coronado. “Training at sea in these warfare areas maintains crew proficiency and ensures we are ready to operate successfully in a variety of missions.”

The first few days of the underway have primarily focused on flight operations, to include functional check flights, familiarization flights and training and a photo exercise.

“This underway provides a great opportunity for us to conduct flight operations with multiple aircraft flying together,” said Coronado’s Executive Officer, Cmdr. Karl McCarthy. “Building on previous operations, we’ll be conducting simultaneous MH-60S Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout flight deck evolutions.”

Coronado, the first Independence variant LCS to deploy to the U.S. 7th Fleet, has a larger flight deck than the previously deployed Freedom variant, allowing for expanded aviation operations including dual helicopter-UAV operations.

Currently on a rotational deployment, Coronado is design to patrol the region’s littorals and work hull-to-hull with partner navies.

Coronado and its combined crew of approximately 100 sailors and embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 began their deployment June 22, after departing San Diego. Prior to her arrival in Singapore, Coronado participated in the multinational Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 exercise, in which the ship conducted a Harpoon Block 1C missile LCS-based launch, the first of its kind.