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The United States Navy littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Coronado made its maiden port-of-call at the Royal Malaysian Navy base to take part in a series of joint maritime training activities with the RMN until Sept 26. Pix by L. Manimaran

LUMUT: The United States Navy littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Coronado made its maiden port-of-call at the Royal Malaysian Navy base here today.

The Independence-class LCS, with a 125-man crew led by its commanding officer, Commander Douglas K. Meagher, docked about 2pm.

The visit will see the ship’s crew interacting with counterparts from the RMN, as well as enjoying Malaysia’s world-renowned hospitality.

The USS Coronado’s crew will also take part in a series of joint maritime training activities with the RMN until Sept 26.

Also aboard the LCS was USN Destroyer Squadron 7 commander, Captain Matthew J. Jerbi.

Meghan said LCS vessels were designed to be high-speed, shallow draft, multi-mission ships capable of operating independently or with an associated strike group.

USS Coronado Commanding officer, Commander Douglas K. Meagher (right) briefing media personels during a media tour on board the combat ship. Pix by L Manimaran

Commissioned in 2014, the USS Coronado is a trimaran-design LCS that is the second in its class.

With a displacement of 2,307 metric tonnes, the ship can reach speeds of more than 40 knots and has a top range of 4,300 nautical miles (8,000km).

It is the third ship in USN history to be named after the city of Coronado in California.

keywords: USS Coronado, United States Navy, USN, littoral combat ship, LCS, trimaran-design, training, Royal Malaysian Navy, RMN

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