USS Coronado Returns to San Diego

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171205-N-ZF498-144 SAN DIEGO (Dec. 5, 2017) The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) returns to homeport after an 18-month deployment. The first Independence-variant littoral combat ship to deploy, Coronado operated in Southeast Asia for 14 months and worked with 16 navies, participated in 11 exercises, made 10 strategic port visits and successfully fired a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile, striking a target beyond visual range. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)

Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 returned home from an 18-month deployment, Dec. 5.

HSC-23 disembarked the ship earlier in the day, flying back to Naval Air Station North Island. A few hours later, Sailors of LCS Crew 203 greeted friends and family at the pier, ending eight months of an eighteen-month deployment. In April, LCS Crew 203 relieved LCS Crew 204 who had taken Coronado on her maiden deployment beginning in June 2016.

Coronado participated in and conducted various operations in the U.S. 7th fleet, contributing to the littoral combat ship program and to the nation on her maiden deployment.

Coronado also strengthened relationships with many of the nation’s allies, including the republic of Singapore and its navy, which became a temporary homeport for Coronado during her deployment.

During the deployment, Coronado operated with navies of 16 nations, participated in 11 multilateral and bilateral exercises and made 10 strategic port visits across the region. While operating with the Singaporean Navy during the Pacific Griffin exercise near Guam, Coronado fired a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile and successfully struck a target beyond visual range.

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SAN DIEGO (Dec. 5, 2017) Chief Fire Controlman Corey Martin reunites with his wife and baby after returning home from deployment aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4). The first Independence-variant littoral combat ship to deploy, Coronado was deployed for 18 months and operated in Southeast Asia for 14 months, working with 16 navies, participating in 11 exercises, making 10 strategic port visits and successfully firing a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile, striking a target beyond visual range. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)
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SAN DIEGO (Dec. 5, 2017) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) returns to homeport after an 18-month deployment. The first ship of it’s kind to deploy, Coronado operated in Southeast Asia for 14 months and worked with 16 navies, participated in 11 exercises, made 10 strategic port visits and successfully fired a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile, striking a target beyond visual range. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony N. Hilkowski/Released)
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SAN DIEGO (Dec. 5, 2017) Chief Fire Controlman Cory Martin greets his family after the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) returned to homeport following an 18-month deployment. The first Independence-variant littoral combat ship to deploy, Coronado operated in Southeast Asia for 14 months and worked with 16 navies, participated in 11 exercises, made 10 strategic port visits and successfully fired a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile, striking a target beyond visual range. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaleb R. Staples/Released)
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