USS Coronado pulls into Cam Ranh, Vietnam for short maintenance

Illustration: USS Coronado (LCS 4) moored in Changi, Singapore, May, 2017. Photo: US Navy

U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) arrived in Cam Ranh, Vietnam, for an expeditionary preventive maintenance availability on June 11.

The visit is part of a technical visit to the international port which will last until June 15.

This marks the first demonstration of expeditionary maintenance capabilities for the rotationally deployed independence-variant littoral combat ship.

“This technical visit advances our expeditionary maintenance capabilities and further strengthens our partnership with Vietnam,” said Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73.

During the technical visit, contractors and ship’s force will execute more than 450 preventive maintenance requirements. To conduct the maintenance at locations outside the normal littoral combat ship supply and maintenance hub in Singapore, ship maintenance staff from Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific coordinated closely with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, contractors, and local authorities at the international port.

Coronado departed Pearl Harbor in September 2016 to start a 16-month rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

Coronado is the first Independence-variant LCS to deploy to the 7th Fleet as part of an initiative to deploy multiple LCS to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region in just a few years.

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