PORT HUENEME, Calif. - The Navy announced that USS
Coronado (LCS 4) and the second increment of the surface warfare mission
package (SUW MP) completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E)
phase one recently off the coast of California.
This is the initial operational test for the Independence
variant of the littoral combat ship (LCS) and the SUW MP increment two on this
"The ship performed well during the course of all of
the events," said Cmdr. Peter Kim, Coronado's commanding officer.
"This is a platform the Navy can be proud of, and one which will certainly
add combat capability and depth to the fleet."
Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS),
together with Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR),
coordinated all test and evaluation efforts. COMOPTEVFOR planned and executed
rigorous operational test events to evaluate LCS and SUW MP warfighting
capabilities under realistic operational conditions and determine the ship's
effectiveness and suitability to accomplish the mission.
"The crew of USS Coronado - along with the SUW
detachment and aviation detachment - are to be commended for their performance
during IOT&E," said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager. "The
crew demonstrated the capabilities of the ship and SUW MP systems through
successful completion of a wide variety of tests."
The events completed during IOT&E gauged the ship's
ability during the following: tracking and live fire tests against threat
representative high speed maneuverable surface targets using the 30 mm and 57
mm guns; tracking air threats with the ship's air search radar and the SeaRAM
anti-ship missile defense system; and conducting Visit, Board, Search, and
Seizure operations utilizing the SUW MP's maritime security module and MH-60R
"The crew and detachments did a tremendous job of
skillfully executing all of the test events. Their performance shows that the
surface warfare mission package on both variants of LCS is a capable and lethal
addition to the fleet. This is an exciting time for LCS and the Navy,"
said Capt. Casey Moton, Mission Modules program manager.
The Navy is scheduled to complete IOT&E phase two on
USS Coronado with the SUW MP in the spring of 2016. Phase two will validate
cybersecurity and software updates planned for installation prior to
The LCS class consists of the Freedom and Independence
variants, designed and built by two separate industry teams. The Freedom
variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS
1). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and follow-on
even-numbered hulls) and was led by General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works for LCS 2
and LCS 4. Purchased under the innovative block-buy acquisition strategy, there
are 14 ships currently under construction.
The littoral combat ship is a modular, reconfigurable
ship, with three mission packages (surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and
anti-submarine warfare). The Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships is
responsible for delivering and sustaining littoral mission capabilities to the
fleet. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability
and capability is key to supporting the nation's maritime strategy.
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