Second LCS Christened CORONADO (LCS 4)

press release
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Littoral Combat Ship CORONADO christened on January 14, 2012 during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

Coronado, the second Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), was christened on January 14, 2012 during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

 

The Independence-variant LCS, with its trimaran hull–design, offers maneuverability, stability, endurance, shallow draft, three weapon zones, and a flight deck larger than any other U.S. Navy surface combatant, Susan Ring Keith is the ship’s sponsor. Upon her birth in Coronado, Susan joined a long family history associated with the Navy and Coronado.  In addition to her father, both of her grandfathers and both of her uncles were career Naval Officers.  Her two brothers followed their father into the naval service, with one brother retiring as a Rear Admiral.  Her godfather (and later step-father) was Rear Admiral Put Storrs, one of The Three Seahawks, the predecessors to the Blue Angels.  Susan was the quintessential Navy Junior, and she as well entered the Navy as a Navy wife and Navy mother.


In 1966, Susan's mother, Eleanor Ring, christened the previous USS Coronado (LPD/AGF-11) and Susan served as Maid of Honor.  In 2009, Susan was invited by the Secretary of the Navy to serve as Sponsor of Coronado (LCS4).  Susan's daughter, Isabella (Belle) Keith Drouin, will follow in Susan's footsteps by serving as the ship's Matron of Honor.
 

Austal USA President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Rella, had this to say about the christening, “Today’s ceremony is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Austal’s talented shipbuilders. Next month we celebrate our 11th anniversary. Just a few days ago, we successfully launched our 12th ship and today we are hosting our third christening ceremony for a U.S. Navy vessel. We are proud of our accomplishments and honored to be building these magnificent warships that are already shaping the future of the modern day Navy.”
 

The 127-meter all-aluminum vessel is capable of being outfitted with reconfigurable payloads (mission packages) which can be changed quickly to support mine countermeasure, anti-submarine and surface warfare missions. The vessel has a maximum speed of more than 45 knots. This past summer, Austal celebrated the cutting of metal on Jackson (LCS-6), the first ship of Austal’s latest 10-ship LCS order worth over $3.5 billion. Montgomery (LCS-8) is also under contract as well as 7 of 10 vessels in the $1.6 billion Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program, 3 of which are currently under construction – USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), Choctaw County (JHSV-2) and JHSV 3.
 

For the LCS and JHSV programs, Austal is teamed with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. As the ship systems integrator, General Dynamics is responsible for the design, integration and testing of the ship’s electronic systems including the combat system, networks, and seaframe control. General Dynamics’ proven open architecture approach provides affordable capabilities to the fleet quickly and efficiently.
 

Celebrating its 11-year anniversary this month, Austal has grown into one of southern Alabama’s largest employers with over 2,400 employees on staff hailing from the Mobile area, Mississippi, Florida, and beyond.  Under the current workload, Austal expects to employ over 4,000 Americans by the end of 2013, and will be ready to help the U.S. Navy meet any national security contingency ahead.
 

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

First Supramax Vessel for Japan-Italy Venture

'DACC Tirreno' was delivered at the Oshima shipyard in Japan yesterday, the first of four Supramax bulk carriers for the dACC Maritime Limited fleet, the joint

Austal Graduates 48 4-Yr Apprentices

Austal USA combined two classes to graduate a total of 48 members of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program yesterday at a formal ceremony held at the Arthur R.

BAE Systems to Expand San Diego Shipyard

BAE Systems announced it will invest approximately $100 million to expand drydocking capabilities at its San Diego shipyard.   The investment, which will include

Navy

Obangame Express 2015 Concludes in the Gulf of Guinea

Maritime forces from Gulf of Guinea nations, Europe, South America, and the United States and several regional and international organizations concluded the multinational maritime exercise,

Vietnam's Submarines to Counter China?

Vietnam's new submarines could alter the balance in the South China Sea quite dramatically, say maritime security analysts.   Vietnam and China have long contested

India May Add Japanese Soryu-Class Submarines to its Fleet

India is reportedly considering a project to incorporate six Japanese Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines into its fleet, says The Japan Times.   The Defense

Naval Architecture

3D Machining Puts Wind in the Sails

With ESPRIT CAM software, Armor Mécanique has the wind in its sails; 50% time savings, better quality and new markets thanks to 3D machining Established in 1984

Changes in Aker Solutions' Top Deck

Tore Sjursen will assume the position as executive vice president for operational improvement and risk management at Aker Solutions on April 1. Knut Sandvik

Wärtsilä's' New Plant in Brazil

Following an investment of 20 million euros, Wärtsilä's' new unit will produce and test motor generators and thrusters   Wärtsilä's first unit at Porto do Açu in São João da Barra (RJ),

Eye on the Navy

Obangame Express 2015 Concludes in the Gulf of Guinea

Maritime forces from Gulf of Guinea nations, Europe, South America, and the United States and several regional and international organizations concluded the multinational maritime exercise,

Vietnam's Submarines to Counter China?

Vietnam's new submarines could alter the balance in the South China Sea quite dramatically, say maritime security analysts.   Vietnam and China have long contested

India May Add Japanese Soryu-Class Submarines to its Fleet

India is reportedly considering a project to incorporate six Japanese Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines into its fleet, says The Japan Times.   The Defense

Government Update

Obangame Express 2015 Concludes in the Gulf of Guinea

Maritime forces from Gulf of Guinea nations, Europe, South America, and the United States and several regional and international organizations concluded the multinational maritime exercise,

Greece Will Sell Piraeus Port Stake in Weeks

The Greek government will sell its majority stake in the port of Piraeus within weeks, the country's deputy prime minister told China's official Xinhua news agency,

China Maritime Silk Road to Touch India for Namesake

Chinese officials on Saturday fleshed out some details for the country's ambitious 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) project in its “one belt, one road,” action plan.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2351 sec (4 req/sec)