The Navy’s Newest LCS Launches

Here’s your photo of the day to start this shortened work week. It’s the Navy’s newest warship, the USS Coronado emerging from the work-way at the Austal USA shipyard in Alabama a couple of days before she christened on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Like em or not, the Littoral Combat Ships are moving ahead.

The pic below shows the ship being christened by Susan Keith. The ship is expected to be commissioned later this year.



  • blight

    Mm. Waiting for news on those modules they talk so little about.

    • STemplar

      Agreed. I certainly hope after this first 24 they ordered if the modules aren’t production ready they either kill this program or order the export versions that were more traditionally armed and equipped.

      • Nicky

        Either that, the US Coast Guard could snap them up and use them for their next OPC

        • blight

          Cheaper to reuse (give to other service and hope it works for them) than recycle (scrap). It’ll be fast, so at least it may be of use chasing down pirates in Malacca or in the Red Sea.

          • Nicky

            That’s what I was thinking, Maybe the US Coast Guard can take the LCS-1 and LCS-2 as their new OPC design that can fulfill the US Coast Guard’s Multi Mission roles.

  • Uncle Bill

    Is that a stealth coating or is that ship made out of papier-mache?

  • Jon

    I agree Uncle Bill, why does the hull have what looks like dents, dings, impressions and horizontal lines all over it?

  • Richard

    is the rust issue solved?

  • Darrell

    Awesome ships…but the finish work on the hull reminds me of auto-body work I did on my first car in high school. So what potential adversary would be the target of this ship anyway?

  • m167a1

    I bet the modular approach bites us in the butt. I see having one mod loaded when you needed another.

  • oilrain

    What is the symbol painted on the bow in the second picture?

  • zardinuk

    They neet to ditch this and focus on the newer helicopter carriers. The price of this thing is like half of one of the helicopter carriers.

  • nary

    This is one ugly, ugly ship.

  • Belesari

    Your right she doesnt need to be pretty but there is a problem there.

    Speed-its worthless……absolutly worthless. Can it outruna missile? Nope a cannon round? Nope bullet? Nope……infact this ship can make fully loaded around 40kts…not the 55+ earlier demanded.
    Weapons- who knows but even with all the moduals working she is at best a light corvette.
    Range- terrible this ship will be like european boats a swarm from the harbor then go home. at its max speed it can travel for a few hundred miles. Its speed on diesels is only a few thousand at that at i think 14kts.


    • Belesari

      Cew-not enough room on board, the original ships crew is going to be over worked litteraly all the time. They will make mistakes when tired in a long combat situation this is very, very bad. The mission moduals all have their own crews…….that means that among other things the crews of the moduals will be strangers to the ships company and have no loyalty to ship or crew. Also no ship has enough room for them because the crew required for the moduals was always to small.
      So basicly worthless. To big to be a corrvette but not even enough firepower to be a Destroyer escort. Big enough to act as a long range patrol vessel but without the range needed to do the job.

      They are the child of a broken naval strategy and procurment system

  • Guest

    I’ve seen smoother hulls on Chinese fishing trawlers.

  • BigRick

    the 57mm looks like a pimple on this ship, it’s really scary!

  • Lance

    Nothing wrong with it. Buts such a ugly ship they could do something to make it handsomer??

  • Tim

    I guess it’s just not me who see what look like cardboard on the bow of the ship. Strange how they can’t make it smoother.

    One only wishes they would eventually find a good weapon module for this ship. Very fast, but… very disappointing if you can get to the fight only to be socketed.

  • And to think that so many visitors to this site mock the PLAN.

    Tremble in fear at the sight of the glorious Chinese Navy; cower in the presence of the mighty Chinese carrier battle group; whimper as you realise 40 knots isn’t faster than a anti-ship missile!

    “Captain, the Chinese are coming!”

    “Abandon ship!”

    “They haven’t started shooting yet.” “No, but they might.”

    “Captain! No one’s built a lifeboat module!”


  • Hunter78

    Fast is almost always an asset. It doesn’t have to outrun a bullet, just get to a point before enemy reinforcements.

    Don’t know about the tactical considerations, though. It can’t survive anything unless it’s really stealthy.

    • BigRick

      a 3000 ton ship operating in close to shore being stealthy? that’s a good one.

  • RCDC

    We probably needed to add High-Powered Microwave (HPM), Moab cruise missile, MK48 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) Heavyweight Torpedo, tomahawk missiles and laser gun on every ship for defense.

  • Dan Gao

    I actually like the LCS in principle. My biggest two issues are cost and (lack of) armament. They seriously need to get a decent sufract to surface missile package, this crap about using a Griffin UAV missile is just a waste of time and money. If they can get those sorted out we’ll have a very capable little ship, although I have serious reservations about replacing our frigates with it. It should really be a replacement for just minsweepers, patrol boats, and other small craft.

  • jiopppo

    must be a propaganda showing off our arm strength, one champaign bottle dented the whole hull

  • Nicky

    When is the US Navy ever going to learn their lesson about aluminum ships. Have they forgot about what happened on 22 November 1975 when the USS Belknap CG-26 collided with the USS John F Kennedy and caught fire that melted the Aluminum superstructure right down to the deck level. It seems the US Navy has forgotten that lesson in the LCS and looks like the Ghost of the USS Belknap is slowly repeating itself again. They need to kill the LCS and got back to an all steel frigate.

  • RCDC

    Probably we need 1000 units of this for self defense against Iran, North Korea, Russia and perhaps Chin, if they a threat becomes on high alert, and on a layaway low budget payment plan.

    • blight

      1,000 units at 400 million apiece? I’d rather take delivery of my money’s worth of SSGN’s.

  • RCDC

    But if this is too high of a price then I will settle for frigates for the country’s self defense.

  • STemplar

    If these things would have come in at price first promise and the modules worked, then $300 to $350 million a pop would have been the cost with working modules, they would have been worth the $. Problem is they are going to cost twice that and the modules don’t work yet. The USN staked so much on these tubs they can’t bring themselves yet to can them. For $750 million a pop I am pretty confident we could have designed a shallow draft anti-sub frigate with a good weapon load out that could have torn up speed boats.

  • blight

    I’m beginning to reconsider just what goes into a “module”. I was wrong to assume that the module was large. Instead, they are container size, and repsented as shipping containers with computers screens inside (exaggeration?)

    It is possible that these modules represent just additional avionics. With the catamaran, the modules are stored near the well-deck, so I thought they represented loading spaces for drones. But in the Lockmart LCS the modules are stored in the superstructure. They are likely just containers full of electronics. However, they were previously represented as modules containing crew members-which caused me to assume they were large.

    They’re assuming that each additional module must represent miniaturized electronics and that the individual modules require very little additions to the standard crew. However if the modules are small, then much of the internal volume actually does not belong to the modules: it is going to the well-deck which carries drones or amphibious units.

  • blight

    Perhaps our next LCS should be the international variants: and we can use them in lieu of the surface warfare module. It’ll show export customers we have confidence in the design, the additional orders will cut costs and it saves us the cost of developing a module for surface warfare that at the moment doesn’t appear to do much. Opting for say a 70/30 mix of modular and non-modulars might work, but then by adding in the Lockheed and NG variants we could have four different hulls:

    Lockheed, MMC
    Lockheed, Modular
    Northrop, International
    Northrop, Modular

    To the export customer, would they get the Lockheed or the Northrop? If one is deprecated internationally, does it deprecate the modular variant in the Navy?

  • Ive read a book by one of Lockheed Martin guys, about stealth development and all. He mentioned that when they tried to make a stealth boat, they encountered a problem that it would still show up among the noise as a sort of an *empty space*(im not sure about specifics anymore). So ye, the whole denty-papier mache thing might be strategic haha.

    Also: i think it looks cool! Like something Darth Vader would ride.

    ….you rebel scum…hur hur

  • Infidel4LIFE

    Im also interested in the modules this ship will use. Weapons systems, ship to shore, anti-ship, and air defense. This thing is aluminum also? Yes, it does burn. Time will tell..

  • gilmore l. anfone

    in 1979 i was about to join the us navy, had i ever made it, i am sure to volunteer to be one of the crew of the weird looking craft. America made it, and sure it is the best.(I am a Pilipino)
    gilmore l. anfone

  • gt350

    I just wonder how much more speed and range this would have with a smooth hull.

  • Mcqueen

    But haven’t you seen Disney’s Cars 2 , it is the bad guys ship and its weapons are concealed inside like the Raptor, very trendy and costly at the same time.

  • blight

    Speaking of LCS type ships:

    Another Austal USA product. From Wired:

    “There’s not much inside the Navy’s newest ship, and that’s exactly how they like it.

    338 feet long, 93 feet wide, low and blocky, USNS Spearhead is basically a thin aluminum shell wrapped around four diesel engines, rudimentary control facilities for its 40 crew plus 312 airline-style passenger seats. The rest of the $250-million, twin-hull catamaran vessel, christened this weekend, is empty space … with an expansive flight deck on top.

    “The vessel is in essence a large and fast maritime ‘truck,’” Eric Wertheim, author of the definitive Combat Fleets of the World, tells Danger Room. What she carries, and where, is left to the imagination of the Pentagon’s regional commanders. “Flexibility may the best attribute of this ship,” says Capt. Douglas D. Casavant Jr., Spearhead’s first skipper.

    Spearhead and the other 22 planned Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV), built by Austal USA in a brand-new shipyard on Alabama’s Mobile River, are a product of the Pentagon’s recent obsession with “modular” vehicles. The idea is to build basic machines, fast and cheap, and quickly modify them with new weapons, sensors and other payloads. “Our 20,000-square-foot mission bay area be reconfigured to quickly adapt to whatever mission we are tasked with,” Cassavant says.”
    I guess Austal is prepared in case LCS dies. However, this thing competes pretty well with LCS in terms of modules and carry capacity. Otherwise, LCS has its SPY-1 and presumably something like Aegis, plus the 57mm, SeaRAM (and would’ve had NLOS otherwise…)