Navy Times’ intrepid reporter Mark D. Faram got an all-access pass on the latest littoral combat ship, USS Coronado, this week.
The takeaway? It’s as fast as a cheetah in Air Jordans.
Cmdr. John Kochendorfer, the ship’s captain, told Faram that it handles like an Italian sports car.
“What you have here is a big military Jet Ski with a flight deck, payload areas and weapons, and the thing handles like a Ferrari,” Kochendorfer said. “This ship is built to go fast; it likes to go fast; it rides better when it goes fast.”
With a top speed of over 50 knots, the skipper isn’t lying.
For more photos and coverage of the Pacific Fleet’s newest addition, pick up Navy Times on newsstands Monday.