USS Coronado arrives at new home port San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The littoral combat ship USS Coronado arrived at its
new home port of San Diego Monday, just a few weeks before it will be
commissioned into active service.

The 418-foot high-speed trimaran, built in Mobile, Ala., is a versatile,
new generation of combat ship capable of 50 mph or more. En route to San
Diego from Florida, the crew tested the new vessel's systems and equipment and
participated in certification training. Port calls included Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, Colombia, Panama and Mexico.

An LCS is outfitted with two crews of about 40 sailors that rotate while
on deployment, lessening the strain of being away from home but changing some
traditional roles aboard ship.

“It's not just us screaming at the lower guys,” Petty Officer Ricardo
Tovar told 10News. “The CO, the captain, the XO, the command senior chief,
they're all out there with foxtails and dustpans, too. Everybody's carrying
their own weight, everybody washes their own dishes.”

The commissioning ceremony is scheduled for April 5 in its namesake
city. The vessel is the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Coronado.

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