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Coronado (AGF 11) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For more views see the former NHHC (now Hyperwar) Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USS Coronado (AGF 11)

Underway on 16 September 1980 during her initial tour as Commander Middle East Force flagship, replacing the regular Middle East flagship, La Salle (AGF 3) while that ship underwent an extended overhaul.

Photo No. KN-31333
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS Coronado (AGF 11) on 16 September 1980
USS Coronado (AGF 11)

A bow view of the ship off the Virginia coast near Thimble Shoals in April 1985 several months before sailing to the Mediterranean to relieve USS Puget Sound (AD 38) as the command ship of Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet.

Photo No. DN-SC-87-08614
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-330)

  USS Coronado (AGF 11) in April 1985
USS Coronado (AGF 11)

A stern view of the ship off the Virginia coast near Thimble Shoals in April 1985 several months before sailing to the Mediterranean to relieve USS Puget Sound (AD 38) as the command ship of Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet.

Photo No. DN-SC-87-08620
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-330)

  USS Coronado (AGF 11) in April 1985
USS Coronado (AGF 11)

Coming alongside in San Diego harbor on 12 August 1991 assisted by the commercial tug Cheryl Anne while flagship for Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. With her fleet commander she changed her homeport from Hawaii to San Diego in August 1991.

Photo No. DN-SN-92-03721
Source: Shipscribe and NARA (RG 330)

  USS Coronado (AGF 11) at San Diego
USS Coronado (AGF 11)

Passing USS Tarawa (LHA 1) on 21 June 1997 while performing leapfrog manuevers during the Third Fleet's Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 off the Southern California coast.

Photo No. DN-SD-03-05130
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-330)

  USS Coronado (AGF 11) on 21 June 1997
USS Coronado (AGF 11)

Returning to Hawaii on 2 August 1998 at the end of exercise RIMPAC '98. She had just received a major overhaul in 1997-1998 in which she was fitted with the latest network-centric technology. The broadband HF discage antenna on her bow had been removed before 1997 and several radomes, probably satellite-related, had been added.

Photo No. 980802-N-3612M-011
Source: Wikimedia Commons from www.defenseimagery.mil (gone)

  USS Coronado (AGF 11) on 2 August 1998
USS Coronado (AGF 11)

Arriving at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on 24 March 2004 to serve as the 7th Fleet flagship while the regular 7th Fleet flagship Blue Ridge (LCC 19) underwent an extensive dry dock maintenance period. Coronado had departed San Diego, Cal., for this assignment on 5 March 2004. Her stern door had been removed and the stern plated over as seen here during her 1997-1998 overhaul.

Photo No. 040324-N-8955H-024
Source: Wikimedia from www.navy.mil (gone)

  USS Coronado (AGF 11) on 24 March 2004
USS Coronado (AGF 11)

Moored pierside at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, Cal., on 25 February 2005 during the ceremony for her second decommissioning and transition to the Military Sealift Command, this time reducing her to reduced operating status and ending her active career.

Photo No. DSC_0267A
Source: Wikimedia Commons from www.msc.navy.mil/ sealift/2005/March/images/DSC_0267A.jpg (gone)

  USS Coronado (AGF 11) on 25 February 2005