Newly commissioned USA combat ship stuck in Montreal due to icy conditions

USS Little Rock Buffalo Harbor

USS Little Rock Buffalo Harbor

It appears the USS Little Rock is stuck in the Port of Montreal through the rest of the winter.

The USS Little Rock, which was commissioned in Buffalo on December 16, has been stuck in Montreal since Christmas Eve because of heavy ice and the Navy says they have chose to leave it there until the weather improves, which probably won't be until mid-March, when the St. Lawrence Seaway is usually navigable, CTV reports.

The USS Little Rock's icy path toward Montreal on December 27, 2017.

The hold-up will have "limited operational impact", Hillson said and added that the vessel has been furnished with temporary heating units and 16 de-icers to keep the "innovative" aluminum hull from freezing over.

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A frigid weather pattern caused ice to form faster than expected, trapping the warship in the St. Lawrence Seaway.

It left Canalside on December 20, headed for it's home base, Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida.

"The ship's force, along with ship builder representatives from Marinette, Wisconsin are implementing the shipyard's recommended cold weather protection plan", explains Hillson.

Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson says the Navy is reconciled to letting ship and crew hibernate in Canada. "The temperatures in Montreal have been colder than normal and included near record low temperatures which created these significant and historical conditions for this time of winter".

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They will be kept there until they can safely transit the St. Lawrence Seaway.

According to the New York Post, other US Navy members like the Littoral Combat Ship class faced technical problems, including engine snags and automation-related failures.

Using icebreakers to free the ships was considered, according to The Washington Post, but ultimately the Navy chose to keep the ship in Montreal to ensure the safety of the sailors and vessel.

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