AUGUST 30, 2016 — The USS Coronado (LCS 4) is headed back to Pearl Harbor after experiencing an engineering casualty when three days out from Hawaii headed for Singapore, reports the U.S. Naval Institute.
"The crew took precautionary measures and the ship is currently returning to Pearl Harbor to determine the extent of the problem and conduct repairs," USNI News's Sam LaGrone quotes a Navy statement as saying.
Coronado is operating under its own power with a speed restriction of 10 knots and is being escorted by USNS Henry J. Kaiser.
USNI News quotes two sources as saying that crew members saw electricity arcing around the gearing system that combines the output from the ship's gas turbines and main propulsion diesels.
The Independence-variant Coronado's casualty follows engineering casualties experienced by the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships USS Freedom's (LCS-1) and USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) (see earlier story).
USNI quotes the Navy as saying that this latest casualty "appears to be unrelated to recent propulsion problems on Freedom and Fort Worth."