SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KSWB/CNN) – The Pentagon has been working to shrink the military to pre-World War II levels.
Meanwhile, the Navy has been developing a new ship that is more efficient – yet technologically advanced.
This is what the Navy calls its future. The newest patrol combat ship.
At 2,800 tons, the USS Coronado, the Navy’s newest littoral combat ship (LCS 4), is lighter and faster than a destroyer.
One of its advantages is its ability to work in shallow waters.
But what sets this Navy ship apart is what’s inside, modules that essentially helps the ship morph or change its technology depending on the mission.
On this ship, the mission modules can be changed out and so as technology evolves we can put different things inside this ship without having to do wholesale change-outs the entire combat system of the ship.
Commanding Officer Shawn Johnston says the ship isn’t just efficient in it’s ability to adapt depending on the need.
It’s also cheaper.
A destroyer right now costs about $1.7 to $1.8 billion, so you can get 4 of these ships for every one destroyer class ship.
Operation Specialist First Class Delrick Traylor is part of the small crew aboard, just under 50.
And at 6-foot-2, this sailor’s favorite part of the ship?
“This is probably more space than anyone in the Navy has had,” OS1 Traylor said.
The USS Coronado will be commissioned Saturday at Naval Air Station North Island.
For OS1 Traylor, who’s been serving 16 years in the Navy, it’s a first.
“Commission is a prideful thing. It’s a lot of work leading up to it, but then on Saturday it’s all worth it,” OS1 Traylor said.