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    The littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Coronado experienced an engineering failure on Monday night in route to the Western Pacific and is returning to Hawaii for repairs, the US Navy said in a press release on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Last night's problem is the fourth issue in the last year, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson noted in the release, due to personnel, design and engineering issues.

    “USS Coronado (LCS 4) experienced an engineering casualty today while transiting to the Western Pacific,” the release stated. “The extent of repairs and any operational impact is unknown at this time. An assessment of the casualty will be completed upon return to Pearl Harbor.”

    Richardson was referring to three previous engine failures that took place on the LCS Freedom, Fort Worth and Milwaukee in the past eight months.

    The Coronado is currently operating under its own power at a speed of 10 knots or 11.5 miles per hour.

    LCS combatants primary mission sets are Surface Warfare, Mine Countermeasures and Anti-Submarine Warfare.

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