The littoral combat ship Coronado successfully completed acceptance trials on Aug. 23, in the Gulf of Mexico. The intense comprehensive tests performed by the Navy while underway demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. This is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship, which is expected in September.
Coronado is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open ocean operation. The 417′ (127m) vessel is the second of 12 LCS-class ships Austal has been contracted to build for the Navy. The final 10 of the 12 were awarded to Austal as prime contractor in a $3.5 billion block buy in 2010.
Austal currently has five LCSes under construction. The Coronado will soon be followed by the Jackson, which will launch at the end of the year, and the Montgomery, which is being assembled after celebrating its keel laying ceremony on June 25. Construction is well underway on the Gabrielle Giffords, along with the Omaha which just started construction last month.
Austal’s teaming partner, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, is the ship systems integrator, responsible for the design, integration and testing of the navigation systems, C4I and aviation systems. The ships’ highly flexible open architecture computing infrastructure (OPEN CI) allows “plug and play” integration of both the core systems and the LCS mission modules. It is designed to the Navy’s open architecture requirements and facilitates the integration of commercially available products.