US Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Coronado suffers engineering casualty

31 August 2016 (Last Updated August 31st, 2016 18:30)

The US Navy’s Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) is returning to Pearl Harbor after encountering an 'engineering casualty' during an independent deployment to the Western Pacific.

The US Navy’s Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) is returning to Pearl Harbor after encountering an 'engineering casualty' during an independent deployment to the Western Pacific.

The ship is operating under her own power and is being escorted by USNS Henry J Kaiser (T-AO 187).

The crew will investigate the extent of the breakdown after the ship reaches the harbour, and will conduct subsequent repairs on the ship.

"These ships bring needed capability to our combatant and theatre commanders; we must get these problems fixed now."

As assessment of the problem will be carried out, following which the navy will provide further details on the incident.

US Chief of Naval Operations admiral John Richardson said: "The entire leadership team is focused on ensuring our ships are properly designed and built, and that our sailors have the tools and training they need to safely and effectively operate these ships.

“These ships bring needed capability to our combatant and theatre commanders; we must get these problems fixed now."

Richardson stated that a review will also be conducted to begin changes to the crewing, deployment, mission module, training, and testing concepts, which in turn is believed will bring more stability to the operation of the fleet.

USS Freedom, USS Forth Worth (LCS 3) and Milwaukee (LCS 5) also recently experienced a loss of propulsion at sea.


Image: USS Coronado suffers engineering casualty. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney.