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USS Coronado (LPD-11) 

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USS Coronado (LPD-11)'s keel was laid down on 1 May 1965 by the Lookheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, WA. 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, USS Coronado (LPD-11) conducted extensive operations, deploying on numerous occasions to the Caribbean Sea and Mediterranean Sea, as well as northern Europe. In July 1986, the USS Coronado (LPD-11) was relieved as Sixth Fleet command ship and ordered to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to become the command ship for Commander, US 3rd Fleet. 

Upon her return to Pearl Harbor on 9 November 1988, USS Coronado (LPD-11) again assumed her duties as Commander, U.S. Third Fleet command ship. USS Coronado (LPD-11) remained homeported in Hawaii until August 1991, when crew and staff changed homeports to San Diego. Late 2003 saw a see-saw change for the USS Coronado (LPD-11). 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, but kept a large civilian complement within the crew from the MSC. USS Coronado (AGF-11) was decommissioned at the end of Fiscal Year 2006.