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 littoral combat ship USS Coronado. Photo by U.S. Navy.

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.

 –City News Service

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