Cover picture courtesy of Facebook/USS Little Rock.
A brand-new US Navy warship will spend the rest of the winter trapped in Canada due to cold and ice.
The USS Little Rock has not moved since New Year’s Eve as a result of adverse weather conditions which have trapped the ship in the Canadian bay.
The Littoral Combat Ship, which is usually used for counter-piracy and drug-related operations, as well as surface warfare, reportedly cost $440 million to build.
It stretches 387 feet in length and can travel at over 46 miles per hour.
In the hope of getting the ship moving again, it has reportedly been stocked with heaters and de-icers.
A U.S. Navy spokeswoman, Lt.-Cmdr Courtney Hillson told the press that the ship will not move towards its homeport in Mayport, Florida until weather conditions improve:
“The temperatures in Montreal and throughout the transit area have been colder than normal, and included near-record low temperatures, which created significant and historical conditions in the late December, early January time frame.”
“Keeping the ship in Montreal until waterways are clear ensures the safety of the ship and crew, and will have limited impact on the ship’s operational schedule.”
She added that no other ships encountered transit problems in December.
Whilst the delay is ongoing, the crew will continue to focus on mission training.