US Navy littoral combat ship USS Little Rock Buffalo

  • The USS Little Rock is the most recent warship to enter service with the US Navy.
  • It was scheduled to leave its commissioning ceremony and head to its home port in mid-December.
  • However, it has been stuck in Canada, waylaid by harsh winter weather, and it looks set to remain there for the foreseeable future.

The US Navy’s newest commissioned warship, the littoral combat ship USS Little Rock, was commissioned in Buffalo on December 16 and scheduled to sail for its home port at Mayport Naval Station in Florida the next day.

But that departure was delayed three days by weather conditions on Lake Erie. It left Buffalo on December 20, and by December 27 it had reached Montreal, where it was scheduled to stop before heading on to Halifax in Nova Scotia.

But an exceptionally frigid winter has kept the Little Rock in Canada much longer than expected.

Because of ice on the water around the port and a lack of tug boats to guide the warship out, the Little Rock remained in port through January 11, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, public affairs officer for the US Naval Surface Force Atlantic, told Business Insider at the time.

As of Friday afternoon, the Little Rock was still in Montreal, where it will remain “until wintery weather conditions improve and the ship is able to safely transit through the St. Lawrence Seaway,” Hillson said in a statement on Friday.

US Navy littoral combat ship USS Little Rock St. Lawrence Seaway ice

“Significant weather conditions prevented the ship from departing Montreal earlier this month and icy conditions continue to intensify,” the statement said. “The temperatures in Montreal and throughout the transit area have been colder than normal, Read More Here