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Brand-new Navy warship trapped in Canada amid cold and ice...

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A brand new U.S. navy warship that has been stuck in Montreal for weeks will spend the winter in Canada after its journey to Florida was thwarted by cold and ice.

The USS Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo on Dec. 16 in a grand ceremony attended by over 8,000 people that featured a brass band, speeches by military leaders and a chaplain who prayed for “fair winds and following seas.”

But it hasn’t gotten very far since then, after its maiden journey was complicated by unusually heavy ice conditions that have kept it in Montreal since Christmas Eve.

Now the U.S. navy has decided to wait until weather conditions improve before allowing the ship to continue to its home port in Mayport, Fla., according to a spokesperson.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/01/21/us-navy-warship-to-spend-winter-in-montreal-due-to-icy-weather.html

Being a military vessel and all, It bothers me that it can't yet be used in the capacity it was created for. But what's one more asset off the field right?? My point is. What good is it where it is? I can't see a good.

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Poor planning on the Navy's part is all. Montreal is known for this. Here's an old news article about Montreal harbor. http://www.nytimes.com/1971/12/04/archives/seaway-ships-racing-winter-freeze.html

It's also a freedom class, not a zumwalt at least, which is a littoral or coastal ship. Less than a 100 souls on board and not meant to operate in the open sea or fight warships. It is also not the primary littoral, the independence class ones are. They look cooler too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Independence_(LCS-2)

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2 minutes ago, berserkelf said:

Poor planning on the Navy's part is all. Montreal is known for this. Here's an old news article about Montreal harbor. http://www.nytimes.com/1971/12/04/archives/seaway-ships-racing-winter-freeze.html

It's also a freedom class, not a zumwalt at least, which is a littoral or coastal ship. Less than a 100 souls on board and not meant to operate in the open sea or fight warships. It is also not the primary littoral, the independence class ones are. They look cooler too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Independence_(LCS-2)

I'd have thought they'd be better at planning given all the simulations they can run...

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5 minutes ago, Ukshep said:

I'd have thought they'd be better at planning given all the simulations they can run...

I know, what happened to all our icebreakers?

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4 minutes ago, Michelle Basham said:

Technology is amazing right. Canada huh. Seems most deployed NKish area

Nah, they've been building us navy ships in Montreal since forever. Most are built east coast though. It is also a coastal ship, can't sail to North Korea strictly speaking.

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39 minutes ago, berserkelf said:

We don't really have icebreakers anymore.

We should just call Russia for help, Ive heard they have plenty !

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