The USS Coronado (LCS-4) operates both an MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV and an MH-60 manned helicopter. (U.S. Navy photo)
Two months after the USS Coronado (LCS-4) returned to San Diego from her maiden overseas deployment, I was invited by the Coronado Council of the Navy League of the United States to deliver a presentation to their members detailing the highlights of our deployment. During the question and answer session that followed my remarks, a member of the audience asked a blunt question: “Commander, with all due respect, how do you reconcile the fact that you’ve staked your professional reputation on something that many have come to refer to as a ‘Little Crappy Ship.’”
Suppressing my surprise, I answered politely and perhaps a little defensively before moving on to the next question. Now with the benefit of time, separation and a clearer perspective since having relinquished command of the Coronado, I am in a position to articulate a more well-formed response.