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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Coronado (AGF-11)
USNS Coronado (T-AGF-11) (2003 - 2005)
USS Coronado (AGF-11) (1980 - 2003)
USS Coronado (LPD-11) (1970 - 1980)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran, 2-Libya)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Persian Gulf) - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Beirut Evacuation)

Cleveland Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 1 May 1965, at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction, Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 1 July 1966
  • Commissioned, USS Coronado (LPD-11), 23 May 1970, CAPT. Grant J. Walker, USN in command
  • Converted to Miscellaneous Command Ship (AGF-11) in August 1980
  • USS Coronado (AGF-11) was designated the command ship for the Commander, United States Third Fleet
  • Decommissioned in 2003, and 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
  • Recommissioned, 25 February 2005
  • Placed in Reduced Operational Status (ROS 30 days) by MSC at San Diego, circa 2006
  • Removed from reduced operational status, 30 September 2006 and struck from the Naval Register
  • Final Disposition, disposal of in support of Fleet training exercise off Guam, 12 September 2012
    LPD 9,687 t.(lt) 17,425 t.(fl)
    AGF 9,559 t.(lt) 13,634 t.(fl)
    Length 570'
    Beam 100'
    Draft 23 ft.
    Speed 21 kts.
    LPD 420
    USN AGF Crew
    30 Officers
    451 Enlisted
    USNS AGF Crew
    146 Civilian Mariners
    117 US Navy
    USNS ROS Crew
    21 Civilian Mariners
    25 Navy
    AGF Flag Staff Accommodations
    45 Officers
    90 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    LPD 900
    four 3"/50 guns
    eight 50 cal. machine guns
    two 5"/38 gun mounts
    two Phalanx (CIWS) 20mm Close-In Weapons Systems
    six .50 cal. machine guns.
    Aircraft space for up to six CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopters
    Main Propulsion Power Plant
    two Foster Wheeler 600 psi boilers
    two steam turbines
    two propellers, 24,000shp

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    USS Coronado (LPD-11)
    Coronado 351k Launching of Coronado (LPD-11), 1 July 1966, at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction, Seattle, WA. Dale Hargrave
    Coronado 52k Coronado (LPD-11) under way 28 April 1970, off Seattle, WA.
    US Navy photo.
    Bill Foss
    Coronado 315k Coronado (LPD-11) under way, 28 April 1970, off Seattle, WA.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    USN 1144522
    258k Coronado (LPD-11) under way 28 April 1970, off Seattle, WA.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #'s
    USN 1144522, USN 1144523, USN 1144520, USN 1144518 and USN 1144520
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USN 1144523
    USN 1144520
    USN 1144518
    USN 1144521
    Coronado 51k USS Coronado (LPD-11) transporting USS Tucumcari (PGH-2) from Bremerton, WA. to Norfolk, VA. in August 1970. Bill Foss
    Coronado 31k A Marine Harrier AV-8A taking off from USS Coronado (LPD-11), date unknown Bill Foss
    Coronado 149k USS Coronado (LPD-11) at anchor in the Kithira Strait,, Mediterranean Sea, 25 June 1976, with her amphibious group. Photos taken from the Soviet DDG Krasny Krim.. Eugene Ivkin
    Coronado 584k
    Coronado 110k
    Coronado 785k
    Coronado 320k USS Coronado (LPD-11) moored at Genoa, Italy, 1 November 1976. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Coronado 106k USS Coronado (LPD-11) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Coronado 132k USS Coronado (LPD-11) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    USS / USNS Coronado (AGF-11 / T-AGF-11)
    Coronado 131k USS Coronado (AGF-11) at sea, date unknown
    US Navy photo
    Jerry Hays
    Coronado 117k USS Coronado (AGF-11) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    John Rutherford
    Coronado 29k USS Coronado (AGF-11) at sea, date unknown
    US Navy photo
    Coronado 37k USS Coronado (AGF-11), at San Diego, October 1994 Photo by Dale C Haskin
    Coronado 48k USS Coronado (AGF-11) at Pearl Harbor, date unknown
    US Navy photo
    Waxahachie 958k USS Coronado (AGF-11), Commander Third Fleet flagship, is assisted by the large harbor tugs Neodesha (YTB-815) and Waxahachie (YTB-814) as she departs Pearl Harbor during RIMPAC "98, 20 July 1998
    US Navy photo # 980720-N-2619S-002 by PH2 August Sigur
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Coronado 114k USS Coronado (AGF-11) under way off the coast of Hawaii during RIMPAC 98 exercise.
    US Navy photo # 980728-N-2619S-011 by PH2 August Sigur.
    Bill Gonyo
    Coronado 118k USS Coronado (AGF-11) under way off the coast of Hawaii during RIMPAC 98 exercise.
    US Navy photo # 980802-N-3612M-011 Pearl Harbor, 2 August 1998, by PH1 James G McCarter.
    Bill Gonyo
    Coronado 127k USS Coronado (AGF-11) at Seattle, WA., 4 August 1999.
    US Navy photo # 990804-N-6939
    Bill Gonyo.
    Coronado 59k USS Coronado (AGF-11) moored pierside at 6th Fleet Headquarters, Gaeta, Italy, date unknown. John Rutherford
    218k USNS Coronado (T-AGF-11) underway at San Diego, CA. for sea trials after a conversion yard period for Military Sealift Command operation with hybrid military and civilian crew. Coronado deployed same year to Japan as temporary 7th fleet command ship. Photo by William Homer
    Coronado 147k The tug Muskegon (YTB-763) assists the USNS Coronado (T-AGF-11) as she arrives at Fleet Activities base, Yokosuka, Japan, 24 March 2004.
    US Navy photo contributed the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors by Ray Longaker.
    Robert Hurst
    Coronado 2276k USS Coronado (AGF-11) moored pierside Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA. during her recommissioning ceremony, 25 February 2005. US Navy photo by Larry E. Crutchfield Lee Wahler and Bill Gonyo
    Coronado 493k USS Coronado (AGF-11) moored pierside Naval Station San Diego, CA., July 2005. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Coronado 106k USS Coronado (AGF-11) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Coronado 95k USS Coronado (AGF-11) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    195k Ex-USS Coronado (AGF-11) after deactivation yard period at San Diego, leaving pier before hook up of sea going tug for tow to Pearl Harbor, HI., 27 September 2006. Photo by William Homer
    208k Ex-USS Coronado (AGF-11) in tow at San Diego, 27 September 2006, enroute to Hawaii and the inactive reserve fleet at Pearl Harbor. Photo taken from Point Loma Naval Base. Photo by William Homer
    Coronado 163k Ex-USS Coronado (AGF-11) being towed out of Pearl Harbor by USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52), 17 August 2012, en route a SINKEX near Guam in early September.
    Photo courtesy of Woody Ross, Military Sealift Command Office Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
    Captain Wade Armstrong Pearl Harbor Pilots
    109k Munitions from a U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bomber from the 69th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron strikes the decommissioned command ship ex-USS Coronado (AGF-11) during a live-fire event that sunk the ship on 12 September 2012. The sinking was part of exercise "Valiant Shield 2012".
    U.S. Air Force photo # 120912-F-QZ836-007 by Senior Airman Carlin Leslie. Andersen Air Force Base.
    Robert Hurst

    Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    There is no DANFS history currently available for USS Coronado (LPD-11 / AGF-11) at NavSource

    For more photos and information about USS Coronado, see;
  • USS Coronado (LPD-11 AGF-11) Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Walker, Grant Joseph, USN23 May 1970 - 13 August 1971LPD-11
    02CAPT. Foley Jr., Sylvester Robert :ADM13 August 1971 - 30 may 1972LPD-11
    03CAPT. Twite, Martin Jerome30 May 1972 - 2 June 1974LPD-11
    04CAPT. Fenno, Eric Neil2 June 1974 - 20 August 1975LPD-11
    05CAPT. Snyder, James Madison, USN (USNA 1952)26 August 1975 - 26 May 1976LPD-11
    06CDR. Ianucci, Robert Joseph26 May 1976 - 4 June 1976LPD-11
    07CAPT. Le Blanc Jr., Georges E.4 June 1976 - 11 November 1977LPD-11
    08CAPT. Scott, Thomas Paul11 November 1977 - 1 June 1979LPD-11
    09CAPT. Schwaab, Denis Thomas :RADM1 June 1979 - 13 December 1980LPD-11 / AGF-11
    10CAPT. Kober Jr., Harry Patrick13 December 1980 - 19 December 1981AGF-11
    11CAPT. Buck, David Ervin19 December 1981 - 6 December 1982AGF-11
    12CAPT. Fergussen, Robert Harvey6 December 1982 - 1 June 1984AGF-11
    13CAPT. Schweizer Jr., Earle Godfrey1 June 1984 - 23 September 1986AGF-11
    14CAPT. LaPlante, John Baptiste :VADM23 September 1986 - 25 April 1988AGF-11
    15CAPT. Williamson Jr., Robert Charles, USN (USNA 1967) :RADM25 April 1988 - 1 July 1989AGF-11
    16CAPT. Williams III, Richard Claggett, USN (USNA 1965)1 July 1989 - 1 August 1991AGF-11
    17 CAPT. Nibe, Richard Jerome :RADM1 August 1991 -3 April 1993AGF-11
    18CAPT. Noonan, Thomas Francis, USN (USNA 1970)3 April 1993 - 30 July 1994AGF-11
    19CAPT. Richardson III, Isaac Eugene :RADM30 July 1994 - 13 December 1995AGF-11
    20CAPT. Miller, Michael Harold, USN (USNA 1974) :VADM13 December 1995 - 16 June 1997AGF-11
    21CAPT. Ross, Thomas J.16 June 1997 - 11 December 1998AGF-11
    22CAPT. McDonell, James Allen11 December 1998 - 7 January 2000AGF-11
    23CAPT. Tallman, Wade Carl 7 January 2000 - 3 May 2001AGF-11
    24CAPT. Branch, Ted Nelson (Twig), USN (USNA 1979) :RADM3 May 2001 - 23 August 2002AGF-11
    25CAPT. Donegan, Kevin Michael (Kid) :RADM23 August 2002 - 14 November 2003AGF-11
    26CAPT. Porterfield, Kerry J. (MSC)14 November 2003 - 19 February 2004T-AGF-11
    27CAPT. Noble, Christopher David19 February 2004 - 25 February 2005AGF-11
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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