Amphibious Transport Dock

LPD 11 / AGF 11 / T-AGF 11  -  USS Coronado



LPD-11 USS Coronado patch crest insignia

LPD AGF-11 USS Coronado Austin class amphibious transport dock command ship US Navy

Type, Class:


planned and built as Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD); Austin - class;

converted to Miscellaneous Command Ship AGF-11 in August 1980



Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction, Seattle, Washington, USA



Awarded: May 15, 1964

Laid down: May 3, 1965

Launched: July 30, 1966

Commissioned: May 23, 1970

Converted & reclassified: Command Ship (AGF 11 USS Coronado) - August 1980.

Decommissioned: February 25, 2005

Fate: Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Coronado (T-AGF-11).
Navigation, deck, engineering, laundry and galley services provided by MSC civil service mariners. Navy commanding officer and Navy mission crew when fully operational.
Placed in Reduced Operational Status (30 days)
Placed out of reduced operational status, September 30, 2006.
Struck from the Naval Register, September 30, 2006.
awaiting disposal at
NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii






named after and in honor of the City of Coronado, California

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Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)


see: INFO >> Amphibious Transport Dock / Austin - class


ship images


AGF-11 USS Coronado images


LPD AGF-11 USS Coronado Austin class amphibious transport dock landing ship Lockheed shipbuilding and construction Seattle

Shimoda, Japan - May 2004


USS Coronado LPD AGF-11

Pacific Ocean - April 2004


LPD AGF-11 USS Coronado

Pacific Ocean - April 2004


LPD AGF-11 USS Coronado Austin class amphibious transport dock

Pacific Ocean - April 2004


USS Coronado LPD AGF-11 Pacific Ocean command ship

Pacific Ocean - April 2004


LPD AGF-11 USS Coronado Yokosuka Japan

Yokosuka, Japan - March 2004


USS Coronado LPD AGF-11

Yokosuka, Japan - March 2004


USS Coronado LPD AGF-11 Yokosuka command ship

Yokosuka, Japan - March 2004


LPD AGF-11 USS Coronado

Yokosuka, Japan - March 2004


LPD AGF-11 USS Coronado command ship

underway - undated



LPD-11 USS Coronado images


LPD-11 USS Coronado Austin class amphibious transport dock exercise Kernel Blitz 1997

exercise KERNEL BLITZ - off California -  June 1997




USS Coronado (LPD 11 / AGF 11):


USS Coronado (LPD/AGF-11) is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the city in California. She was designed as an Austin-class amphibious transport dock (LPD), one of seven fitted with an additional superstructure level for command ship duties.

Her keel was laid down on 1 May 1965 by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington. She was launched on 1 July 1966. After two years of labor shortages and a 12-month strike, she was commissioned 23 May 1970.

First assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet in the 1970s, Coronado conducted extensive operations, deploying on numerous occasions to the Caribbean Sea and Mediterranean Sea, as well as northern Europe.

In 1980 Coronado was re-designated an Auxiliary Command Ship (AGF-11). Her first assignment was to relieve La Salle (AGF-3) as command ship for Commander, U.S. Middle East Force, stationed in the Persian Gulf.

Reassigned in October 1985, Coronado relieved Puget Sound (AD-38) as the command ship of Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet. During a ten-month tour with the Sixth Fleet, Coronado operated out of Gaeta, Italy, participating in operations in the Gulf of Sidra and strikes against Libyan terrorist support facilities.

In July 1986, Coronado was relieved as Sixth Fleet command ship and ordered to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to become the command ship for Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. The admiral and his staff embarked on board Coronado in November 1986. Subsequently, Coronado was relieved as Third Fleet command ship and deployed to the Persian Gulf to assume duties as command ship for Commander, U.S. Middle East Force in January 1988. During this period she served as flagship for Operation Praying Mantis, the largest American naval action since World War II.

Upon her return to Pearl Harbor on 9 November 1988, Coronado again assumed her duties as Commander, U.S. Third Fleet command ship.

Coronado remained homeported in Hawaii until August 1991, when crew and staff changed homeports to San Diego, California.

On February 28, 1994 Coronado became the first combatant ship in the history of the United States Navy to embark women as part of its regular, full-time crew.

Since then, Third Fleet and Coronado have become the center for naval innovation and technology experimentation. In November 1998 a large ship modification was completed. Incorporating the latest network-centric technology, Coronado became the most advanced command ship in the world.

Late 2003 saw a see-saw change for the ship. In November it was decommissioned, transferred to the Military Sealift Command and redesignated T-AGF-11. However, it was concluded shortly thereafter that the operations the ship engaged in required it to be a warship and thus it was transferred back to the Navy and recommissioned. However, the ship now has a large civilian complement within the crew which is from the MSC. In 2004, the 7th Fleet command ship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), went into dry dock and Coronado temporarily assumed 7th Fleet command responsibilities. On 27 September 2004, Blue Ridge returned to duty as the command ship.

USS Coronado (AGF-11) was decommissioned at the end of Fiscal Year 2006 and is currently awaiting disposal at Suisun Bay, California.

Sea-Based Battle Lab

In October 2000, the Office of the Secretary of the Navy assigned Coronado to host the Navy's Sea-Based Battle Lab (SBBL), an afloat platform for testing prototype systems and software, evaluating future naval capabilities, and assessing operational compatibility and possible further implementation throughout the United States Navy.

Recent developments in technology have spawned significant advances in naval warfighting capabilities. Wireless and Web-based tools, along with new weapon systems, have enabled naval forces to conduct precision operations with greater synchronization, expedience, and potency. With over 16,000 square feet (1,500 m2) of reconfigurable command space and one of the world's most advanced naval C4I suites, SBBL offers a unique shipboard environment that facilitates the evaluation of research for maritime and joint operations.

The Third Fleet J9 Directorate is responsible for managing the SBBL. Partnering with other services, national laboratories, academia, and industry, the Third Fleet staff develops joint exercises and experiments for evaluating the following in an operational environment:

- JTF Command Center organization and configuration
- Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
- Naval and Joint Doctrine
- Biometrics (human feature recognition)
- Wireless applications
- Knowledge Management
- Web-based applications
- Logistics
- Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief

The staff and crew provide an unbiased evaluation of the proposal's viability and functionality. Promising, mature initiatives are endorsed for advancement into the beta testing cycle on board the next deploying carrier battle group (or amphibious ready group) and/or into the acquisition process.


source: wikipedia (08/2012)




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