Keynote speaker named for commissioning of USS Coronado

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The vice chief of naval operations will be the keynote
speaker at Saturday's commissioning of the USS Coronado at Naval Air Station
North Island, the Navy announced this week.

Adm. Mark Ferguson will deliver the principal address as the 417-foot
littoral combat ship is put into active service. The U.S. Naval Academy
graduate served as the commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS
Benfold, which is currently based in San Diego. He was also previously a
special assistant to the supreme allied commander in Europe and chief of naval
personnel.

Longtime Coronado resident Susan Ring Keith will serve as the ship's
sponsor, with the task of giving the first order to “man our ship and bring
her to life!” She's the daughter of Eleanor Ring, who was the sponsor of the
previous USS Coronado.

“The commissioning of USS Coronado is a celebration of the history of
the great city of Coronado and its lasting relationship with our Navy and
Marine Corps,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said. “The sailors aboard LCS
4 will bring this mighty warship to life with their skill and dedication,
honoring her namesake and our nation for years to come.”

The new USS Coronado was designed to be a high-speed, shallow draft
multi-mission vessel capable of operating independently or with an associated
strike group. The Navy said the LCS was designed to fight in coastal waters.

A modular design allows an LCS to be outfitted for various types of
missions, including surface, mine and anti-submarine warfare.

The first USS Coronado was a patrol frigate that escorted convoys during
World War II. The other was an amphibious transport dock that was
reconfigured into an auxiliary command ship.

The commissioning ceremony is set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and is
open only to ticketed guests.

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