One of Helicopter Combatant Squadron 23’s MQ-8B Fire Scouts prepares to land aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) Oct. 6, 2016, in the Pacific Ocean. Currently on a rotational deployment in support of the Asia-Pacific Rebalance, Coronado is a fast and agile warship tailor-made to patrol the region’s littorals and work hull-to-hull with partner navies, providing 7th Fleet with the flexible capabilities it needs now and in the future. (U.S. Navy photo/Michaela Garrison)

LCS Minehunting Package Near Completion

The first littoral combat ships are set to deploy with mine countermeasures packages, including airborne systems and unmanned technology, by the end of the decade,…